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The Aviation

Aviation Cocktail With Gin

Classic drinks are a gateway to an era where sophistication and deliciousness coexist. Let’s examine The Aviation now, a beverage whose distinctive component combination will transport your taste buds on a voyage. I suggest The Aviation because of its interesting flavor and classic appeal as a bartender who is passionate about creating beverages that make an impression. With each drink, it’s more than simply a cocktail—it’s an immersive experience.

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Tasting Notes

The Aviation’s flavor is crisp and elegant, with a well-balanced combination of citrus and floral aromas. The sweet maraschino liqueur perfectly complements the drink’s crisp, smooth gin base, while the sharpness of the lemon juice keeps everything in balance. The crème de violette rounds out the cocktail with a visually pleasing lavender hue and provides a faint floral note. It seems like a sophisticated flavor journey with each sip.

Equipment and Glassware

Measurement jiggers, strainer, and cocktail shaker are required to make The Aviation. These instruments aid in perfectly combining the components and attaining the ideal flavor balance. To accentuate its refined appearance and focus the fragrant smell for a more immersive tasting experience, serve this classy drink in a chilled coupe glass.


  • 2 oz. Gin
  • ½ oz. Maraschino liqueur
  • ¼ oz. Crème de violette
  • ¾ oz. Fresh lemon juice


  1. Fill your cocktail shaker with ice to chill it.
  2. Pour the gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, and fresh lemon juice into the shaker.
  3. Shake well until the mixture is well-chilled.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe glass.
  5. Optionally, garnish with a cherry or a lemon twist to add a touch of elegance.
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Pro Tips

  • For optimal taste, use freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • To alter the intensity of color and floral notes, adjust the amount of crème de violette.
  • To maintain the optimal coolness of your beverage, chill the glass beforehand.

When to Serve

Any setting where a little refinement is required is perfect for Aviation. Serve it for special occasions, dinner parties, or anytime you want to wow your guests with a sophisticated yet unique cocktail.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

Choose a smooth and adaptable gin such as Tanqueray or Beefeater for The Aviation. These brands enhance rather than overshadow the other elements. Luxardo is a great option for maraschino liqueur because of its genuine flavor.

Similar Cocktails

  • French 75 – A delightfully bubbly and zesty drink.
  • Bee’s Knees – Sweetened with honey for a smooth finish.
  • Corpse Reviver #2 – A potent and citrus-forward classic.
  • Negroni – a blend of flavors, both bitter and sweet.
  • Clover Club – tart lemon and luscious berries combine.


Early in the 20th century, aviation made its splash in the cocktail scene, representing the inventiveness and thrill of the flying era. Hugo Ensslin was a bartender in New York City who invented it with the intention of encapsulating the spirit of adventure in a glass. The Aviation has fluctuated in popularity over time, but for those who value its distinct flavor combination, it is still a beloved classic.

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Aviation Cocktail With Gin

The Aviation

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 3 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: aviation, Creme de Violette, Gini, Lemon Juice, maraschino liqueur
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
The Aviation may not be the most popular of all time, but it offers a unique flavor profile and taste quite unlike any other drink. This beautiful, clear violet cocktail features one of the most elusive liqueurs of all time: Crème de Violette, which is what gives it that amazing violet-blue color.


  • Fill your cocktail shaker with ice to chill it.
  • Pour the gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, and fresh lemon juice into the shaker.
  • Shake well until the mixture is well-chilled.
  • Strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe glass.
  • Optionally, garnish with a cherry or a lemon twist to add a touch of elegance.
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The Aviation
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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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