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The Aviation cocktail is a classic libation with a delicate balance of floral and citrus notes, known for its pale blue hue and timeless elegance. Originating in the early 20th century, the Aviation has experienced a resurgence in popularity in recent years, celebrated for its complex yet refreshing flavor profile.


Ingredients and Tools:

  • 60 ml (2 oz) gin

  • 15 ml (1/2 oz) maraschino liqueur

  • 7.5 ml (1/4 oz) crème de violette

  • 22.5 ml (3/4 oz) freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • Ice cubes

  • Cocktail shaker

  • Mixing spoon

  • Jigger

  • Maraschino cherry for garnish (optional)

Preparation Steps:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.

  2. Measure and pour 60 ml (2 oz) of gin into the shaker.

  3. Add 15 ml (1/2 oz) of maraschino liqueur to the shaker.

  4. Pour in 7.5 ml (1/4 oz) of crème de violette.

  5. Squeeze 22.5 ml (3/4 oz) of fresh lemon juice into the shaker.

  6. Shake the mixture vigorously for about 10-15 seconds to chill the ingredients and achieve proper dilution.

  7. Strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe glass.

  8. Optionally, garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Flavor Profile:

The Aviation cocktail offers a complex and intriguing flavor profile, with the botanicals of gin balanced by the floral sweetness of maraschino liqueur and the subtle floral notes of crème de violette. It's a sophisticated and aromatic drink that's sure to impress.

Mixoloco - Mixology Tips:

  • Choosing Gin: Select a high-quality, juniper-forward gin for the best flavor in your Aviation cocktail. I once used a gin with muted botanicals, and it resulted in a lackluster Aviation.

  • Crème de Violette Selection: When selecting crème de violette, look for brands that offer a balance of floral sweetness without overpowering the other ingredients.

  • Proper Shaking Technique: Shake the cocktail vigorously to properly incorporate the ingredients and chill the mixture.

  • Garnish Consideration: While a maraschino cherry is the traditional garnish for the Aviation, feel free to experiment with other garnish options, such as a lemon twist or edible flowers.

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