Seasonal Sips: Aviation

An interview with Erica Duecy, author of Storied Sips (Random House Reference, 2013) about the story behind the Aviation cocktail. Duecy also shares the recipe for the sky blue drink.

PHOTO: Mixed media illustration by Poul Lange/Random House Reference; Hayman’s London Dry, Luxardo and Rothman & Winter. The Aviation cocktail from Storied Sips by Erica Duecy
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Originally published on August 21, 2014;
The Aviation cocktail we know and love today is sky blue with floral notes, thanks to the inclusion of crème de violette. But it wasn’t always such a fitting hue. The oft-used recipe, which appeared in Harry Craddock’s The Savoy Cocktail Book (originally published in 1930), called for just three ingredients: dry gin, lemon juice and maraschino liqueur.
The Windsor Star: September 3, 2014; page C4
Montreal Gazette: August 30, 2014; page F4
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