TBT Classic Cocktail #25: The Aviation Cocktail!


Happy Thursday, readers!

Today’s classic cocktail comes to us straight from the nineteen-teens, and trust us that when you taste it you will feel like you are sitting in a horse and buggy, trotting down a dirt road in old New York.

Say hello to the Aviation Cocktail!

The Aviation Cocktail was created by bartender Hugo Ensslin, and appeared in his seminal work Recipes for Mixed Drinks in 1916.

The drink combines gin, maraschino liqueur, creme de violette, and lemon juice to create a completely unique and completely delicious experience.

For the Aviation Cocktail, you will need:

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice, plus peel for garnish
  • 1/4 oz Luxardo maraschino liqueur
  • dash of creme de violette

Grab your ingredients plus your jiggers, fruit press, cocktail shaker, and martini glass.

Start by filling your glass with ice to chill, set it aside.


Squeeze about 1/2 a lemon to get your 1/2 oz lemon juice, and pour it into the shaker glass.


Now add in your 2 oz of gin.


Drop in that 1/4 oz of Luxardo maraschino liqueur.


Now add in your creme de violette. For those who have not used this before: creme de violette is, like you may have guessed, a french liqueur flavored with violets. It is absolutely delicious, adds a bit of floral sweetness, and most importantly lends the Aviation Cocktail it’s light purple-blue color. You just want a small amount of this, less than what you used for your Luxardo. You can just pour a small bit in, no need to specifically measure.


Now add in your ice, and shake this puppy for 20-30 seconds.

Remove the ice from your martini glass, and strain it in there!


Add your lemon peel, and you are ready to go!


This one is a true classic, and we guarantee that you are going to fall in love with it!




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