Aviation is a classic gin-based cocktail that typically mixes gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, and lemon juice. This American cocktail is known for its striking blueish-purple hue, floral and citrusy flavor, and perfect balance of sweet and sour.
- 45 ml gin
- 15 ml lemon juice
- 15 ml maraschino liqueur
- 1 barspoon crème de violette
Add all ingredients into cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.
Directions for how to make the Aviation
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Add 45 ml of gin to the shaker.
- Add 15 ml of lemon juice to the shaker.
- Add 15 ml of maraschino liqueur to the shaker.
- Add a barspoon (approximately 1/8 tsp) of crème de violette to the shaker.
- Shake the mixture well, ensuring that all ingredients are mixed thoroughly.
- Using a strainer, pour the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish the cocktail with a cherry.
- Serve and enjoy the Aviation cocktail!
Tips for how to make the perfect Aviation
- Use fresh, quality ingredients. A classic Aviation cocktail is made with gin, maraschino liqueur, lemon juice, and crème de violette. Make sure your gin is of good quality and your lemon juice is freshly squeezed.
- Measure your ingredients carefully. The perfect Aviation drink requires a delicate balance of flavors, so it’s important to measure your ingredients with precision. Use a jigger or measuring cup to ensure that you’re adding the right amount of each ingredient.
- Shake vigorously. The Aviation drink should be well-shaken with ice to create a frothy texture and ensure that the flavors meld together. Shake for at least 15 seconds until the drink is ice-cold and the shaker is frosted.
- Strain carefully. Once you’ve shaken your Aviation cocktail, strain it through a fine mesh strainer to remove any ice chips or pulp from the lemon juice. This will help give your drink a smooth, velvety texture.
- Garnish with a cherry. A classic Aviation is traditionally garnished with a Luxardo cherry, which adds a sweet and slightly bitter note to the drink. You can also add a lemon twist for a bit of extra citrus flavor.
Alcohol-free alternative to the Aviation
An alcohol-free alternative to the Aviation cocktail could be a mocktail made with lavender syrup, fresh lemon juice, and sparkling water.
- 1 oz lavender syrup
- 1 oz fresh lemon juice
- 3 oz sparkling water
- Lavender sprig, for garnish
In a cocktail shaker, combine the lavender syrup and fresh lemon juice.
Add ice to the shaker and shake well.
Strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice.
Top the mixture with sparkling water.
Garnish with a lavender sprig and enjoy your alcohol-free alternative to the Aviation cocktail!
Aviation fun facts
- The Aviation was created in the early 1900s by bartender Hugo Ensslin, who worked at the Hotel Wallick in New York City.
- The drink was almost lost to history until it was rediscovered and popularized in the early 2000s by Seattle bartender Murray Stenson.
- The name “Aviation” is a nod to the recently-developed aviation industry at the time, as well as the drink’s light blue color reminiscent of the sky.
- The traditional recipe for an Aviation calls for gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, and lemon juice, although variations exist.
- The Aviation has been featured in pop culture, including in the 2011 movie “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and the TV show “Mad Men.”