We've all had our fair share of Old Fashioneds, Negronis and Aperol Spritzes, but what about what bartenders drink when they visit a bar? There's a good chance it's a cocktail that comes with a perfect mix of slight obscurity, an interesting backstory, specialist ingredients and unexpected flavours. So pop by your local bar and test their mettle tonight by ordering the following cocktails to look like a true pro.
Coloured an alluring pale violet hue, the Aviation is a gin-based, pre-Prohibition classic that was first created in New York in the 1910s, largely lost to time in the middle of the century, then rediscovered during the cocktail renaissance of the 2000s when bartenders, transfixed by the scarcity of its two central ingredients—maraschino liqueur and crème de violette, which gives the drink its distinctive colour—elevated the Aviation to mythical status. When drinks manufacturers began making both liqueurs again in the late '00s, the Aviation subsequently saw a boom in popularity at artisanal cocktail bars the world over. While it's since fallen slightly out of favour again, this cocktail is still a must in any self-respecting bartender's handbook.