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The Aviation Cocktail

Last night, as I was noodling on ideas for this week’s cocktail, the hubby requested something with gin. I was itching to use my new maraschino liqueur, too, since I was finally able to track it down.* The perfect combination was obvious: the Aviation, a classic cocktail I have tried and failed to replicate before.

* Spec’s, huzzah! Twin Liquors (a local chain) is great for run-of-the-mill stuff, but I’ve had to get the new lay of the land on speciality liquor stores since moving here.

You may remember that last time I went on the hunt for maraschino liqueur, I came home with Cherry Heering instead. I’ve enjoyed it, and I plan to experiment with it more, but it isn’t maraschino liqueur. With the real stuff (although still lacking Crème de Violette), I was able to make a real Aviation cocktail this time, and it was utterly delicious, if I do say so myself. The hubby agreed.


Now all I have to do is hunt down some Crème de Violette (or Crème Yvette, which is similar, and with which I am a little obsessed after reading Boozehound) to add the dash of sky blue color from which the Aviation derives its name.

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The Aviation Cocktail
Recipe type: Cocktail
  • 2 oz dry gin
  • ½ oz maraschino liqueur, such as Luxardo
  • ¾ oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • two dashes Crème de Violette or Crème Yvette (optional)
  • lemon twist, for garnish
  1. Combine the gin, maraschino liqueur and lemon juice in a shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.


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7 Thoughts on “The Aviation Cocktail

  1. Yes, please. I’ll be on the lookout for creme de violette.
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  2. I love gin-based cocktails, so I will have to give this a try!
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  3. Thanks for the mention! One of our favorite drinks. The Violette does play with the flavor, some like it, some don’t. The color will be cool…
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  5. Both my husband and myself are obsessed with this cocktail! Our recipe is slightly different (less lemon juice, more Luxardo), so ours is a little sweeter. Here is our recipe: http://vwahlah.com/2013/02/08/aviation-recipe/

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