'The Aviation' on Serious Eats

Time for a Drink: The Aviation

Why is it called the aviation? Because the drink's earliest printed recipe (in 1917) called for the inclusion of creme de violette (creme Yvette was a notable proprietary brand), a violet-flavored and colored liqueur that gave the drink a cerulean hue that brought to mind the wild, blue yonder. Production of creme Yvette was discontinued decades ago, but fortunately, a new violet liqueur from Rothman & Winter appeared in New York last month; starting this month, it should start trickling into California. Keep an eye out for a bottle, so you can mix up an authentic aviation. More

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