The Aviation Cocktail

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The Aviation Cocktail flew onto the scene in 1916. Hugo Esslin’s Recipes for Mixed Drinks published the first iteration of The Aviation, named after the sky blue color Creme de Violette gave the cocktail. However, when that particular French liqueur went out of production, drinkers still had a craving for the delightful combination of gin, lemon juice, and Maraschino Liqueur. 

Below, we provide two takes on the recipe to represent the changing nature of cocktail culture throughout different periods of our history.

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The Aviation Recipe

  • 2 oz Gin

  • 3/4 oz Maraschino Liqueur

  • 3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

  • 1/4 oz Creme De Violette (For the traditional recipe)

  • Embitterment Lavender Bitters (For a less sweet take)

Fill your cocktail shaker with ice, and combine all of your ingredients.

Vigorously shake your ingredients for 10-15 seconds, or until the shaker is cold to the touch. Then, strain (or double-strain) the contents into a stemmed cocktail glass.


Variations on The Aviation

One interesting vatiation on the Aviation is known as the Moonlight Cocktail. In this spinoff, Orange Liqueur replaces Maraschino Liquer, and lime juice takes the place of lemon juice.

Moonlight Cocktail

  • 2 oz Gin

  • ½ oz Orange Liqueur

  • ½ oz Fresh Lime Juice

  • ¼ oz Creme De Violette

Garnishing your Aviation

The Aviation cocktail is traditionally garnished with a lemon twist.

Additionally, a few dashes of Embitterment Lavender Bitters to top off your drink will leave your cocktail with a beautiful, floral finish.