The Aviation Cocktail Recipe: A gin-based Classic

The Aviation Cocktail Recipe: A gin-based Classic

This cocktail dates back to the early years of flight – when planes were a novelty and pilots were daring pioneers. The Aviation is so named because the touch of Creme de Violette in the recipe creates violet-to-blue hue in the completed cocktail.

Creme de Violette is not the most readily available of ingredients, but it is well worth seeking out, adding subtle floral note to this drink that contrasts beautifully with the botanics of the gin and the earthy cherries of the Maraschino.

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45ml Gin
15ml Maraschino Liqueur
20ml Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
5-10ml Creme de Violette Liqueur

Garnish Lemon zest or cherry

Ice Cubes (for shaking)

Glass Cocktail glass

Equipment Checklist

Hawthorne Strainer Shaker
Fine Strainer Jigger

Recommended Gins

Karu Affinity Gin


1. Add all your ingredients to the shaker.

2. Fill shaker to the brim with cubes of ice.

3. Shake hard for 30 seconds.

4. Fine strain into an ice-cold cocktail glass.

Bartender’s Top Tips

Remember to chill your glass in the freezer for 5 minutes before you fill it, to keep your drink colder and fresher for longer.

Fine straining through a mesh strainer (like a tea strainer), removes all the small chips of ice to create a silky smooth texture.

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