The Blood Orange Aviation is a twist on the classic Aviation cocktail, which was created in the early 20th century by Hugo Ensslin, head bartender at the Hotel Wallick in New York. The original Aviation was a gin-based cocktail that was a favorite among the high society. The Blood Orange Aviation, however, adds a modern twist with the addition of blood orange juice, giving it a vibrant color and a unique citrusy flavor. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a balance of sweet and sour in their drinks, with a slight bitterness from the gin.
The Blood Orange Aviation is a delightful blend of sweet, sour, and slightly bitter flavors. The blood orange juice gives it a unique, tangy sweetness, while the gin adds a hint of bitterness. The maraschino liqueur and crème de violette add a subtle sweetness and floral notes, balancing out the sourness of the lemon juice.
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Ginger Blood Orange Aviation
Add 0.5 oz of ginger liqueur to the original recipe. It'll introduce a spicy kick that contrasts delightfully with the sweet and floral notes, creating a warming sensation that's perfect for cooler weather.
Herbal Blood Orange Aviation
Muddle a few fresh basil leaves in the shaker before adding the ingredients. This herb will infuse the cocktail with a fresh, peppery note, giving it an herb garden freshness that's uplifting and pairs brilliantly with the existing botanical elements.
Sparkling Blood Orange Aviation
Top the strained cocktail with a splash of chilled Prosecco. The effervescence adds a new texture and lightness to the drink, turning it into a celebratory libation that’s fantastic for toasting special occasions.
Why is it called 'Aviation'?
The cocktail's name 'Aviation' originally comes from its sky-blue color provided by Creme de Violette, which was a component of the classical version of this cocktail.
What type of gin works best for this cocktail?
A dry gin is generally used for this cocktail, but there are many different types and flavors of gin that can be experimented with.
What is Maraschino Liqueur?
Maraschino is a clear, cherry-flavored liqueur that is made from the sour Marasca cherry, along with its crushed pits. It has a unique sweet flavor with a subtle bitter almond note.
What type of glassware is best suited for serving a Blood Orange Aviation?
The Blood Orange Aviation is commonly served in a coupe glass or a martini glass. However, it can also be served in any other cocktail glass.
Is the alcohol content in the Blood Orange Aviation high?
The alcohol content can vary depending on the amount and type of gin and liqueur used. However, as a cocktail, it is typically stronger than a standard glass of wine or beer.