Aviation Cocktail

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Why is the cocktail called an Aviation?

Aviation cocktail, so named because crème de violette gives it a light sky-blue colour, stems from the early days of aviation, when flying was a dazzling extravagance that only the wealthy could afford. Hugo Ensslin, the chief bartender of the Hotel Wallick in New York City, invented the Aviation in the early 20th century. The  For this drink to taste and look good, the crème de violette brand must be chosen carefully.

What does Aviation cocktail taste like?

Gin, crème de violette, and lemon juice are the only three ingredients in this traditional cocktail. It is ideal for adding a hint of gorgeous sky-blue to any day to make it attractive. Due to the absence of many of the substances used in the dilution process, the beverage falls into the stronger category. The violet liqueur Crème de Violette is responsible for giving the beverage its mildly appealing hue.
It is quite reminiscent of a gin sour and includes maraschino liqueur to balance the sour and sweet flavours. The majority of variants also include violet liqueur for a flowery note and a faint blue tint. According to legend, the cocktail got its name from the sky-blue hue it acquires after being mixed with a little bit of violet.

Aviation Cocktail


  • 60 ml Gin
  • 20 ml fresh lemon juice
  • 10 ml maraschino liqueur
  • 5 ml crème de violette
  • Ice


  • Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
  • Add ice and shake for about 30 seconds, or until a frost forms on the shaker.
  • Double strain into a cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with a cocktail cherry or lemon twist.

Frosty Facts:

  • The Aviation, apart from being strong and rich in taste, is also greatly exclusive in its appearance, which makes it look more like a vodka.
  • The classic garnishing adopted for this cocktail is a cherry or sometimes lemon zest.
  • The drink is a composition of ingredients of varied flavours- sweet and sour, and is a great perfect balance.
  • With the increased craze for the Aviation cocktail, there arose a hike in the need of Crème de Violette, in the early 2000s.

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