gimlet always seems the natural choice, it's a new year and I always like to have a new seasonal signature. Recalling a delicious dry Aviation I had a few weeks ago at Church & State, I made my way to the store to pick up some maraschino liqueur (finally, the excuse!).
Luxardo is probably best known of the maraschino liqueurs, but Maraska is quite nice and a bit drier (and less expensive at that). I was also shocked to find it in the liquor section of my neighborhood Jon's market... Another point for Ghetto Von's!
Though the original Aviation recipe calls for Crème de Violette, this has largely fallen away over the years due to its scarcity. Now back in production and available at fine liquor merchants it's definitely on my list. In the interim, I have to say I still quite enjoy the less floral and crisp Aviation of the past several decades. Of the varying recipes, I found Gary Regan's adaptation to have the best balance.
2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce Maraska maraschino liqueur
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
Garnish with a cherry (optional).
Distinguished. Palatable. Perfection.