The Aviation Cocktail – A Timeless Classic

The Aviation Cocktail stands as a testament to the art of mixology, a blend of history and flavor that has captivated enthusiasts for over a century.

Origins – Crafting the Clouds

In the early 20th century, Hugo Ensslin, a visionary bartender, concocted this masterpiece. His recipe book of 1916 marked the first recorded instance of the Aviation, setting the standard for generations to come.

The Classic Mix – A Recipe of Elegance

  • Ingredients: A harmonious blend of gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, and lemon juice.
  • Method: Shaken, not stirred, over ice and strained into a glass that’s as elegant as the drink itself.

Gin – The Heart of the Aviation

The choice of gin can elevate the Aviation. A dry, floral gin harmonizes perfectly with the cocktail’s other components, creating a symphony in a glass.

Aviation Cocktail
Calories: 176kcal
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
Embark on a flavorful journey with the Aviation Cocktail, a classic that's as captivating to the eye as it is to the palate. This early 20th-century concoction is a blend of gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, and lemon juice, creating a unique balance of floral, sweet, and tart. The crème de violette, a debated but essential ingredient, gives the drink its signature sky-blue hue, reminiscent of a cloudless day.
Whether you're a seasoned mixologist or a curious newbie, the Aviation offers a delightful escape from the ordinary. Its elegant presentation in a chilled coupe glass, garnished with a cherry or lemon twist, makes it a showstopper at any gathering. So, why not take a sip and let the Aviation transport you to a bygone era of cocktail elegance? It's not just a drink; it's an experience.


  • 2 oz Gin
  • .5 oz Cherry Liqueur
  • .25 oz Crem De Violette
  • .75 oz Lime Juice


  • Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.
  • Shake, and strain into a cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with a cherry if desired.

Estimated Nutrition:

Calories: 176kcal (9%)Carbohydrates: 8g (3%)Protein: 0.1gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.03gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.004gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 28mg (1%)Fiber: 0.1gSugar: 7g (8%)Vitamin C: 9.1mg (11%)
CourseBeverage, Cocktail, Drinks
CuisineBeverage, Cocktail, Drinks
KeywordBeverage, Cocktail, Drink

The Crème de Violette Debate – A Hue of Controversy

The inclusion of crème de violette is a topic of much debate. This ingredient gives the Aviation its distinctive blue tint, a nod to the boundless skies.

Modern Twists – Your Personal Skyline

  • Innovative Variations: Experiment with elderflower liqueur or a hint of soda to add a personal touch.
  • Garnish: A cherry or a twist of lemon not only enhances the visual appeal but adds a subtle complexity to the flavor.

Presentation – The Art of Serving

A chilled coupe glass is the vessel of choice, reflecting the sophistication and elegance of the Aviation.

The Aviation is more than a cocktail; it’s a celebration of mixology’s rich history and an invitation to explore the art of drink-making.