In our house, the springtime drink of choice is an Aviation cocktail, jokingly referred to by Willy as an Aviator. I correct him every time, even though I know he's doing it just to get my goat. Knows me too well.
It's the prettiest purple color, and I love the way the maraschino cherry looks at the bottom of the glass. We like to drink them with friends in our backyard. They're a total crowd pleaser, sort of a Gin Sour with the lemon juice and the maraschino to add some sweetness. We mix up a whole batch so we can enjoy ourselves and keep on pouring.
Aviation # 1
2 oz gin
3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
3/8 oz Luxardo maraschino liqueur
3/8 oz creme de violette
Combine ingredients over ice. Shake and serve up. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.