Aviation cocktail: An easy gin-based drink

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This fantastic gin classic is a slight sky-blue hue by the addition of an ever-elusive liqueur – Crème de Violet. This old-fashioned drink requires the combination of gin, cherry, violets, and lemon offers a refined and fascinating flavor that is unique in the cocktail world. Aviation is a hard to resist drink that was once forgotten, but has made a comeback in the past decade at fancy cocktail bars.The original Aviation cocktail was first published in Hugo R. Ensslin’s 1916 “Recipes for Mixed Drinks”. This easy gin-based drink is one to get the party started and is ready in just 5 minutes. So, let’s say a welcome back to the drink. Cheers!


  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce crème de violette or crème yvette
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice (fresh)
  • Garnish: brandied cherry, flames lemon peel


  1. Gather all the ingredients.
  2. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Strain into a cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with a brandied cherry or a flamed lemon peel.
  6. Serve and enjoy!