This cocktail is a take on the Aviation. The Aviation is a classic drink and you'll find it on many a cocktail list. However, by adding Lillet Blanc the the formula, Jen has tweaked a classic and crafted a new drink that deserves to stand on its own. (I have to confess that I prefer it to an Aviation.) Her original post can be found here.
Lillet Blanc may not be a spirit you're familiar with, but it's a worthwhile addition to the liquor cabinet. It's a fortified wine, like vermouth, and is frequently enjoyed chilled as an aperitif. Lillet can sometimes be found in a red wine version (Lillet Rouge), which is also delicious and worth seeking out.
Combine in an iced mixing glass or the bottom half of a shaker:
- 2 ounces gin (I used Plymouth)
- 1 ounce Lillet Blanc
- 1 barspoon crème de violette
- 2 dashes lemon bitters
Stir until very cold. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist (the twist makes a huge difference, it's not an optional garnish).