Classic Cocktail Recipes – Aviation

The Aviation is a beautiful cocktail named for it's sky blue color. The drink's signature color comes from the creme de violette. The violet liqueur wasn't available in North America for many years and this classic drink nearly vanished. In recent years,


  • Glass: chilled coupe
  • 2 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz. maraschino liqueur
  • 1/4 oz. creme de violette
  • Garnish: cocktail cherry


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Fill shaker with gin, lemon juice, maraschino and creme de violette and shake well.
  3. Strain into chilled coupe glass and garnish with a cherry.

Recipe Notes

Creme de violette is a very floral liqueur and a little goes a long way. You may want to take it easy if you're not familiar with it. Many people simply make the Aviation without it.

For an interesting variation try adding a little grapefruit juice.