Aviation Cocktail Recipe

Gin, Maraschino Liqueur, Lemon Juice, Cherry
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).

Aviation Cocktail Ingredients

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

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