I guess I am jumping on the pre-prohibition era cocktail bandwagon (or is it spruce goose?).....but the flavors and colors are so fun, I can't help myself.
I made my Aviation with:
2 oz Aviation gin (though any high quality will do)
1/2 oz Luxardo (maraschino liqueur)
1/4 oz Creme de Violette
1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice (Meyer lemons for me, please)
Shake and serve straight up with a cherry:
The creme de violette gives it a lovely blue tinge. The first sip was very maraschino-y which was somewhat overpowering. However, the longer the drink sat, the more delicious it became. The maraschino went from the forefront to behind the scenes, and the drink has a nice balance of tart and sweet (recurring theme here). Variations include substituting Cointreau (or other orange liqueur) for the Luxardo, then it becomes a Moonlight, I believe. Can't wait to try it!
Salud and Cheers!
Addendum & a word of caution: This is my new favorite drink. As the drink settled, the flavor was exquisite. And it will get you bombed in a matter of about 10 minutes. Not that is what I was going for, but just to caution you. Within 20 minutes of finishing the drink, I was feeling very, very good. But I would have been feeling very, very bad if I had made another.