Aviation Cocktail Recipe

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 Very similar to a Gin sour, the Aviation gin cocktail combines maraschino liqueur to balance sour with sweet, and most versions use violet liqueur for a floral touch and a subtle blue hue. Aviation is certainly a quirky yet glamorous name for a gin  cocktail. So named due to the crème de violette giving the cocktail a pale sky-blue colour, the Aviation dates from the early age of aeronautics when air travel was a luxury that only the rich could afford.  Some will argue that you can’t make a proper Aviation without the violet-hued liqueur. However, even during it's absence, the Aviation continued to soar in popularity.

To follow the aviation cocktail recipe correctly, the Aviation cocktail ingredients must be shaken in order to include the right amount of air bubbles necessary to give it its soft, cloudy appearance.

Serves: 1
Prep time: 2 Minutes

Nutrition: 100 Calories


  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur
  • 1/4 ounce creme de violette
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • Garnish: brandied cherry


    1. Add the gin, maraschino liqueur, creme de violette and lemon juice to a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
    2. Strain into a cocktail glass.
    3. Garnish with a brandied cherry.

    Category: Drinks Cuisine: Cocktail

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