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 Want to try a different Aviation?  Juicy fresh pink grapefruit is muddled in this fully aromatic, pink coloured cocktail!

I first saw this recipe in Gary Regan’s book :the bartender’s Gin Compendium“. It is adapted from a recipe by Ryan Magarian bartender from Portland, Oregon. If you take a good look at the ingredients you will realise that the South Seas Aviation has so many things in common with the classic version of Aviation. But Ryan is really inventive here, because he uses the pink grapefruit in such a clever way: He takes advantage of the skin’s bitters while he utilizes the flesh’s delicious, sweet and sour juice. The addition of the simple syrup adds more body to the drink’s texture and at the same time it “eliminates” the lemon’s extra sourness. This is, definitely, a beautifully balanced gin cocktail which I could easily suggest to many gin aficionados and aviation lovers. Here is the recipe:

South Seas Aviation

  • 2 fresh pink grapefruit segments
  • 45 ml (1 ½ oz) Tanquearay gin
  • 15 ml ( ½ oz) maraschino liquer
  • 20 ml (2/3 oz) fresh lemon juice
  • 20 ml (2/3 oz) simple syrup (1 part sugar : 1 part water)

Muddle the grapefruit chunks in a mixing glass. Add ice and the rest of ingredients. Shake and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a maraschino cherry for garnish.