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Aviation Cocktail Recipe

Updated: Oct 17, 2022

A 20th-century drinks innovation Aviation was introduced in Hugo Ensslin’s self-published 1916 book, Recipes for Mixed Drinks and whose artistic flair added crème de violette alongside gin, lemon juice, and Maraschino cherry liqueur to give its distinctive purple flourish.



  • 3 1/2 oz of gin

  • 1 3/4 oz of lemon juice

  • 1 3/4 maraschino liqueur

  • 3/4 oz of crème de violette

  • Ice

  • Use blueberries and lemon zest to garnish


Combine the gin, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur, and crème de violette into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Add a dash of chilled water to dilute. Strain into four chilled cocktail glasses and garnish with blueberries and lemon zest.


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