Aviation Cocktail Recipe

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Aviation Cocktail Recipe

Aviators have given birth to many outstanding cocktails in the last few decades. This cocktail is a classic with a long, rocky past. It is a fantastic cocktail to look at and is a classic crème de violette recipe. The floral taste is also captivating, and in true old-fashioned style, it can be made with just a few ingredients. It is a unique combination of gin, cherry, violets, and lemon that produces a flavorful drink unlike any other in the cocktail world. It turns out that the key to getting this drink’s striking color is a liqueur that’s surprisingly difficult to find. A little-known, rarely available scent, crème de violette, was given a new lease on life in 2007 with a Rothman & Winter reissue (imported by Haus Alpenz). A few other companies produce it today, but it’s impossible to find the original version made from real violets (the purple flower). Today, a few other companies make it, but it is still not as easy to locate as it once was. It is this liqueur that brings the aviation cocktail to its rightful place, even though the cocktail was still being manufactured without it during the cocktail’s absence for four decades. Interestingly, some drinkers have begun to turn back to the maraschino-only recipe to avoid modern crème de violette, which they think isn’t what it should be.

Cocktail strength (from 1 to 10 scale)

The strength of Aviation Cocktail Recipe is 6 out of 10.



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Nutrition (calories per serving)

The estimated calories of Aviation Cocktail Recipe is 325 calories per serving.

Preparation time (minutes)

The time it takes to create Aviation Cocktail Recipe is 3 minutes.

Tools needed

  • Shaker
  • Strainer


  • Cocktail glass

Ingredients (ML/OZ)

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1/4 ounce ​crème de violette liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Flamed lemon peel, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  • Collect the required ingredients.
  • In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine the gin, liqueurs, and lemon juice.
  • Shake vigorously.
  • Fill a chilled cocktail glass halfway with ice and strain into it.
  • Serve with a flaming lemon peel as a garnish. Serve and have fun.

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4.94 (970 votes)