Aviation Cocktail Recipe

"Happy Wednesday everyone, I bet you can't guess this cocktail? Or maybe you can, but either way I'll tell you; it's the Aviation."
-- @designingdrunk

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Elevate your cocktail game with this classic aviation cocktail recipe! This timeless drink combines the floral notes of Crème De Violette with the zing of lemon juice and gin's smoothness, creating a sophisticated and refreshing libation that's perfect for any occasion.

Recipe Description

This Aviation cocktail recipe is the latest concoction from the ever-creative minds at @designingdrunk. This cocktail blends the floral notes of Gin with the sweet and slightly tart flavors of Crème De Violette and maraschino cherry liqueur. It's a delightful mix that promises to be a hit at any gathering, and I can't wait to sip on this refreshing drink all summer.

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  • Crème De Violette

    It is a violet liqueur that may not be a staple in every home bar. If you don't have crème de violette, substitute it with another floral liqueur, such as crème yvette or a violet syrup, for a similar flavor profile.

Test Kitchen Notes

  • Gin Selection

    Use a quality London Dry Gin for the best flavor. Be sure to taste the gin to ensure it's to your liking before using it in the cocktail.

  • Crème De Violette Amount

    Adjust the amount of Crème De Violette to suit your taste. Start with the recommended amount and add more if you prefer a more robust floral flavor.

  • Shaking Technique

    Shake the cocktail vigorously for 30 seconds to chill and dilute the drink properly. This will help blend the flavors and create a smooth texture.

  • Glassware

    Serving the Aviation in a chilled coupe glass enhances the drinking experience. Chill the glass in the freezer for a few minutes before pouring the cocktail.

  • Serving Suggestions

    An Aviation cocktail pairs well with light appetizers or canapés. Consider serving it with seafood or small bites to complement its floral and citrus notes.


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Prep time 5mins
Serves or Makes: 1 cocktail

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  • 2 ounces Empress 1908 Gin
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/3 ounce Crème De Violette
  • 1/3 ounce Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur


  • Step 1

    Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.

  • Step 2

    Add the gin, lemon juice, Crème De Violette, and Maraschino Liqueur to the shaker.

  • Step 3

    Shake the ingredients for 30 seconds or until the outside of the shaker feels cool.

  • Step 4

    Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

  • Step 5

    Garnish with a Maraschino cherry and serve immediately.