Father's Day

Red Skies

July 10, 2011
1 Ratings
Photo by Bobbi Lin
  • Serves 2
Author Notes

If I had to pick a cocktail to be the only one I could ever drink again, my choice would be the Aviation. It is a classic from the early 20th century, and its formula is 2 oz gin, 1/2 oz maraschino liqueur, 1/2 oz lemon juice, and 1/4 oz crème de violette. Sometimes the violet liqueur is left out, but then the cocktail doesn't have the lovely clear pale purple hue from which it derives its name. I have created an ice cold summery rendition of the drink, substituting frozen cherry juice cubes for the Maraschino liqueur. I hope you enjoy! —hardlikearmour

What You'll Need
  • For the cherry cubes:
  • 1/2 pound sweet cherries
  • 2 large lemons
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • water
  • For the cocktail:
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) freezer cold gin (Aviation preferred)
  • 3/4 ounce (1 1/2 tablespoons) crème de violette
  • 1/2 batch cherry cubes from above
  • Lemon juice (optional)
  1. For the cherry cubes:
  2. Pit your cherries and place them into a blender. Juice your lemons, straining out any seeds, into the blender. Add sugar. Blend until cherries have been thoroughly liquified. If your blender has trouble, add up to 1/4 cup water.
  3. Stain cherry juice into a glass measure, through a fine mesh strainer to remove most of the solids. Press out as much liquid as possible. Add water to a total volume of 1 1/2 cups of cherry juice. Stir.
  4. Pour into an ice cube tray (or more if needed.) Freeze until solid (at least several hours).
  5. Note: This will make enough cherry juice cubes for 2 batches of the cocktail. Alternately, use additional cubes in limeade, to keep your Red Skies icy cold for longer, or eat them like mini-popsicles.
  1. For the cocktail:
  2. Combine gin, crème de violette, and cherry juice cubes in a blender. Blend until smooth. Taste, and stir in lemon juice if desired.
  3. Divide between 2 cocktail glasses. Kick back and enjoy!
  4. Note: If need be you can omit the crème de violette. It adds a nice floral note, but the cocktail is still tasty without it.
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I am an amateur baker and cake decorator. I enjoy cooking, as well as eating and feeding others. I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with my husband and our menagerie. I enjoy outdoor activities including hiking, mushroom hunting, tide pooling, beach combing, and snowboarding.

20 Reviews

wssmom July 14, 2011
OOOOO lala! I LOVE this!
hardlikearmour July 14, 2011
Merci beaucoup!
nogaga July 14, 2011
hardlikearmour July 14, 2011
fiveandspice July 14, 2011
I have never tried creme de violette (actually, there are many, many liqueurs I've never tried, but whatever), and now I really, really want to! This is just the most beautiful drink! I'm loving all the brilliant colors everyone's cocktails are coming out.
hardlikearmour July 14, 2011
Thanks, fiveandspice. Creme de violette is really lovely - a gorgeous purple color and a really nice floral flavor. If you get it be sure to try sagegreen's violet crush, too! This contest has really beautiful submissions!
fiveandspice July 14, 2011
Good advice! I think I shall have to invest in a bottle and try both cocktails...though maybe not in one evening - I'm a total lightweight!
gingerroot July 11, 2011
This sounds amazing. This week could get kinda dangerous in a hurry, lol.
hardlikearmour July 11, 2011
Thanks, gingerroot! I definitely agree - dangerous!
mrslarkin July 10, 2011
Yum! A grown-up slushy! This sounds awesome!
hardlikearmour July 10, 2011
It definitely is adult only. It kinda packs a wallop.
lapadia July 10, 2011
"Buzz on"...HLA. Gin is my favorite, oh and I love the color!
hardlikearmour July 10, 2011
Thanks, lapadia. I'm sure this is blasphemous, but in general I don't like most gins. I find the juniper a bit too intense. On the other hand I love Aviation gin because it has multiple botanicals and is not as juniper-centric. Plus it's made in Portland, and I definitely have a weak spot for locally made products!
Sagegreen July 10, 2011
Now you are convincing me to get another gin in my collection!!
hardlikearmour July 10, 2011
LOL... I guarantee you won't regret it. If you don't like it you can send the bottle my way ;)
lapadia July 10, 2011
I am going to have to try Aviation; I like Bombay Sapphire, multiple botanicals, heavy on the juniper but I don't mind that.
hardlikearmour July 10, 2011
If you come to Portland some week end, I'll gladly take you to House Spirits Distillery (plus the rest of Distillery Row if you're so inclined.)
lapadia July 10, 2011
Hey, now we're talkin', I'll add that to my To Do List!
Sagegreen July 10, 2011
hardlikearmour July 10, 2011
thank you kindly!