Aviation Cocktail


  • 2 fluid ounces gin
  • 1 tablespoon maraschino liqueur
  • 1/4 fluid ounce lemon juice
  • 1 cup ice
  • maraschino cherry for garnish


Aviation Cocktail Glass

Preparation instructions:

  1. Combine gin, maraschino liqueur, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, cover and shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with maraschino cherry.

Original recipe makes 1 serving

History of the Aviation Cocktail

The formula for The Aviation cocktail was initially seen in the 1917 book Recipes for Mixed Drinks, written by the New York City bartender Hugo Ensslin. That was the last bartending guidebook published in New York before Prohibition started.

One of the crucial ingredients of The Aviation, créme de violette, is a violet-flavored liqueur made out of violet flowers found in the Alps. It has a lovely lavender hue along with a delicate fragrance. Widely available in the U .S . before Prohibition, it became a overlooked spirit until the modern cocktail revival. With fully committed mixologists digging up vintage, forgotten cocktail ingredients, a few of these old spirits started being reimported back to the U .S . after a long absence. Therefore, creme de violette has become available in larger U .S . markets and has grown to be popular as a component in classic pre-Prohibition cocktails such as the Blue Moon, as well as Aviation.