Aviation Cocktail

The Aviation Cocktail is a beautiful, complex and sophisticated classic that’s been around since at least the 1930s. It’s a great one to introduce to gin drinkers who are looking to experiment.
How to Make a Better Aviation Cocktail - Crafty Bartending


  • 1 1/2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz maraschino liqueur
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 oz creme de violettes (violet liqueur)

Garnish: 1 cherry

Tools & Equipment

How to Make

  1. Add all the ingredients to your shaker
  2. Shake hard for 10-15 seconds
  3. Fine strain into a chilled martini glass
  4. Add the garnish


First appearing in the head bartender at Times Square’s Hotel Wallick, Hugo Ensslin’s book, Recipes for Mixed Drinks, the Aviation cocktail is an iconic gin cocktail. Although the cocktail is not very well known in America due to a shortage of creme de violettes for over 40 years, it has begun to slowly become more popular now that the ingredient is available. 

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