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The Aviation is a classic gin cocktail from the 20th century, and it first appeared in Huge Enslinn's book Recipes for Mixed Drinks in 1916 in New York City. In the following decades, the drink disappeared because one of the drink’s primary ingredients, crème de violette liqueur, vanished from the market during the 1960s.

Nevertheless, the aviation cocktail is a fantastic classic cocktail with a long and rocky past. It is a gorgeous cocktail to glance at and the most famous recipe to feature crème de violette. The floral taste is also stunning, and it needs just a few ingredients. The mixture of gin, cherry, violets, and lemon offers a fascinating scent, that is unique in the cocktail world.

The Aviation is a traditional cocktail made with gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, and lemon juice. Some recipes omit the crème de violette. The cocktail combines gin, maraschino liqueur, and fresh lemon juice alongside that crème de violette, creating a unique, floral cocktail.

Gin provides a sturdy base, while maraschino liqueur lends its trademark bittersweet cherry notes, and lemon adds necessary acidity. Crème de violette is exceedingly flower-like, so it's important to use it sparingly and measure your ingredients.


Adjust Servings
2 ounce Gin
1/2 ounce Maraschino liqueur
1/4 ounce Creme de violette
3/4 ounce Lemon juice


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