Flight of the Encores: A Toast to National Aviation Day

Prohibition: thank goodness that mess is over, right?

Much was lost during those infamous thirteen years, but thankfully, as an interest in craft liqueurs emerges in the present day, so do resurrected refreshments from years past. There’s a reason these libations are timeless, and the Aviation – a drink believed to be the last cocktail recipe printed before the nationwide ban – is certainly no exception.

A mess that hasn’t quite concluded yet is the history of modern flight itself. From the American perspective, it’s accepted that the Wright brothers were responsible for trailblazing aviation, while in Brazil, prize-winning innovator Alberto Santos-Dumont is still heralded as the premier man in flight. So, who’s to thank for the original aircraft? It depends on who (and where) you ask!

In an effort to quell the debate over who succeeded first on the ever-so-appropriate National Aviation Day, we honor the inaugural pilots from both North and South America with The Aviation 2.0: a blend of United States tradition, Brazilian flavor, and historical perspective.

The Aviation 2.0

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What you’ll need:

  • 1 shot of Brazilian rum
  • 1 tbsp (or one 1/2-ounce jigger) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp maraschino liqueur 
  • 1.5 tsp creme de violette
  • Ice
  • Mixing vessel and strainer

-Add ingredients to mixing vessel of your choosing, then follow with ice.
-Stir liquids until chill and sufficiently mixed.
-Pour through a strainer and garnish with fresh lemon for added flair.

For the final step, raise your glass to the miracle that is air travel, and to the pleasure of having an excellent beverage before takeoff. Saúde!


About Savannah

If something's happening on stage, you can probably find Savannah there, from house shows and dramatic theater productions to faraway metal gigs and full-on festivals. Otherwise, she spends her days elbows-deep in carb-heavy meals, rattling about years spent overseas, and testing the creative limits of an all-black wardrobe.

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