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Aviation Cocktail

Aviation Cocktail 1.000
May 2, 2007

One of the great forgotten cocktails of the 20th century, the Aviation Cocktail draws its unique taste from maraschino liqueur. Do not confuse -- and never replace -- maraschino liqueur with the juice from maraschino cherries or with other cherry spirits. They are nothing alike. Maraschino is a balanced, clear-colored liqueur made from Marasca cherries, originating in the Dalmatia region of Croatia. It includes the crushed cherry pits, which give a subtle bitter almond flavor.

Jason Wilson recommends using a premium dry gin, such as Junipero or Tanqueray No. 10. For a slightly sweeter variation, cut the maraschino liqueur to a half-ounce and add a half-ounce of apricot brandy.

We found maraschino liqueur at Central Liquors, 917 F St. NW, 202-737-2800.

Servings: 1
  • Ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces dry gin, such as Tanqueray brand
  • 3/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

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Fill a cocktail shaker two-thirds full with ice and add the remaining ingredients. Stir vigorously, then strain into a chilled martini glass.

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Adapted by Spirits columnist Jason Wilson.

Tested by Kelly L. Johnson.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 185

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 1mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 8g 3%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: n/a

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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