Originally called an Aviation cocktail, the origins of the gin-based drink are unknown. David Wondrich credits it’s first print inclusion to the 1916 book by Hugo Ensslin, Recipes for Mixed Drinks. Although the original drink did not call for crème de violette, just the smallest touch of liqueur will add strong color to the cocktail.
Try it well chilled by the pool at sunset.
Radiant Orchid (aka, the Aviation)
- 2 oz. Ungava Gin
- ½ oz. lemon juice
- ½ oz. maraschino liqueur
- ¼ oz. crème de violette
- Edible orchid for garnish
Combine all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with an edible orchid and serve.