One of our new favorite drinks, which makes excellent use of maraschino liqueur, is the Aviation cocktail. Of course it’s new to us, but the Aviation goes back almost a hundred years. The creme de violette is actually optional in this recipe, so don’t fret if you haven’t got any on hand. I like it though, because not only does it add more dimension to the flavor, but it also gives this cocktail a cloudy appearance which is as pretty as it is appropriate.

3 oz gin

1 1/2 oz lemon juice

1/2 oz maraschino liqueur

1/2 oz creme de violette

Combine all ingredients in a shaker half filled with ice. Shake thoroughly and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Aviation Cocktail


4 thoughts on “Aviation

  1. I too enjoy The Aviation, but from what I’ve read, the Creme de Violette is actually mandatory. Apparently, The Aviation got its name because of the blue color that it gets from the Creme de Violette. Such a pretty drink!


    • Matt & Shanna says:

      I’ve seen a bunch of variations actually. Trader Vic lists it as optional, but he also has two other Aviation cocktails which are entirely different. I think this is one of those cloudy (har har) instances of booze lore that may never get cleared up, but we really do think this is the tastiest recipe out there.

      • Totally agree. You’ll never get the “real” story about drink origins, but does it really matter? The beauty of bartending (and cooking) are the endless variations on a theme. Keeps things interesting I think. :)

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