Aviation Cocktail Recipe


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The Aviation cocktail was a once lost mixture that experienced a revival thanks to the cocktail revolution. This cocktail first made an appearance in published books in 1916. The original version calls for Creme de Violette, but there have been many versions(including the popular Savoy cocktail book by Harry Craddock) that do not include the sometimes illusive cocktail.

Notes on Ingredients:

The most notable ingredient is Creme de Violette. This ingredient is a dark purple color and have a really nice, slightly sweet and floral flavor. The addition of the Creme de Violette gives it a nice pale purple color. Another ingredient very similar to this is Creme Yvette that can be used as a substitution if you’re unable to find Creme de Violette.

Maraschino Liqueur is a classic ingredient that is most commonly produced by Luxardo. This is a nice sweet liqueur that really adds a lot to a cocktail.

The rest is pretty standard, a London dry gin and some lemon juice. The juice should obviously be fresh squeezed.



Aviation Cocktail Recipe


  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1/2 oz Maraschino Liqueur
  • 1/4 oz Creme De Violette
  • 3/4 oz Lemon Juice


A very nicely balanced cocktail. This has a pale purple color with a great floral scent. The main flavors I get is a beautiful floral note with the lovely tastes of juniper the Gin provides. It is only slightly sour from the lemon juice, but nothing too overpowering. Adding the Luxardo Cherries as a garnish only produces one final climax for when you’ve finished the cocktail. Amazing. So glad this cocktail was revived.

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