The Aviation Gin Cocktail combines crème de violette, maraschino cherry liqueur and a bit of lemon juice for a perfectly sweet and tart cocktail that’s as pretty as it is delicious.
There’s one solid thing that can get me into any bar… No, it’s not Real Housewives trivia night. It’s the Aviation. It’s by far and away my absolute favorite cocktail on this planet. But unfortunately, this drink can be a bit difficult to order in many bars because the ingredients are somewhat obscure. That’s why I had to recreate the recipe at home.
A core ingredient to the Aviation cocktail is Crème de Violette. Crème de violette, also known as liqueur de violette, is a generic term for a liqueur with natural and/or artificial violet flower flavoring and coloring. The taste profile and aroma are distinctly floral and sweet, and is said to be reminiscent of the violet candies popular in the early to mid 20th century. I can’t tell you whether that is true or not because I’ve never tried the candies… But I can tell you that this drink is delish! It’s also that crème de violette that gives this cocktail the prettiest, most pale, delicate periwinkle/violet color.
The base of this cocktail is gin and, although the crème de violette is sweet, this is generally a dry cocktail. Also in play are maraschino cherry liqueur and lemon juice. And, while your local bar may not carry all the ingredients, you should be able to easily find them at your local liquor store.
Shake the ingredients up in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and strain it into a martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist or maraschino cherry (or both) and enjoy. Take note though, even though it’s purple, this cocktail still packs a punch. You’ll be feeling very happy after one or two…
What’s your favorite cocktail to order at a bar? Do you always order the same thing, or do you like to switch it up a bit? I’d love to hear in the comments below! Cheers!
Aviation Gin Cocktail
- 2 ounces gin
- ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons maraschino liqueur preferably Luxardo
- ¼ ounce Crème de Violette
- Lemon twist for garnish (optional)
- Maraschino cherries for garnish (optional)
Combine the first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake to chill well, then strain into a cocktail glass. Drizzle in the Crème de Violette.
Garnish with a lemon twist or cherries.
TIP: If you’ve got leftover crème de violette (and you will) try adding some to your champagne glass next time you pop a bottle open. It adds just a little bit of the violette flavoring and provides a pretty color to your glass. Perfect for getting you out of that mimosa rut!