Aviation Cocktail Recipe

Aviation Cocktail

The Aviation cocktail is a gin-based cocktail that is spirit-forward with citrus notes and a hint of lavender. It’s considered by some to be a variation on the Gin Sour, and is similar to the Blue Moon cocktail, the Moonlight cocktail, and the Casino cocktail. The Aviation cocktail was invented by Hugo Ensslin, a bartender at the Hotel Wallick in New York in the early 1900’s, and first appeared in his 1916 book Recipes for Mixed Drinks. The crème de violette gives the Aviation a pale, sky-blue color (hence the name).


2 oz gin
0.5 oz maraschino liqueur
0.75 oz lemon juice
0.25 oz crème de violette
Cherry for garnish (optional)

Preparation: How to make an Aviation Cocktail

  1. Add the gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker and shake until chilled, about 30 seconds.
  2. Strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with a cherry (optional), and serve.
Aviation Cocktail