The Aviation is a classic gin cocktail many of heard of. It's made with gin, lemon and maraschino liqueur with touch of creme de violette, a violet-hued and flavored liqueur. The touch of blue was reminiscent of the sky, henceforth inspiring a name that conjured up images of the heyday of aviation - you know, leather jackets, spinning propellers and luxury. Well, since these days the word aviation brings up images of people wandering around in socks without their belts, we thought this one was ready for a re-vamp. Meet Take the Train.
It's still made with gin, lemon and maraschino liqueur, but with a couple new additions. Since creme de violette is one of those things you're likely not going to get a lot of mileage from in your home bar, let's skip it. A couple of things you should have stocked in your home bar are gomme syrup and delicious Amarena cherries from Italy. Both are ingredients you'll likely reach for time and time again. This, coupled with another product we love, Lillet Blanc, is what you'll need for Take the Train.
2 oz gin
.5 oz gomme syrup
.25 oz Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
.5 oz Lillet Blanc
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
Amarena cherry in syrup for garnish
Place all ingredients excluding the cherry in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Give it a quick shake to chill and strain into chilled glass. Garnish with a Amarena cherry and bit of syrup.