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The Aviation

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Storming into my cocktail lexicon is the Aviation. It’s been appearing on menus in a number of Boston restaurants this year. This particular one was ordered at Lucca (in the Back Bay location, not the North End, where my reservation apparently ended up). I like its delicate hue (made more yellow here from the back-lighting), and its mellowed-out gin feel. It goes down easy enough for those unaccustomed to stronger libations, but has enough kick to satisfy those of us who need it. It’s always good to see a classic cocktail on the menu, and not the pseudo-martinis and sugary-shit-concoctions that comprise too many drink selections today.

 The Aviation
  • 2 oz gin
  • 1/4 oz maraschino liqueur
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • dash of creme de violette
  • flamed lemon peel for garnish
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