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Scott Phillips

Servings: 1

Though bartenders love this pre-Prohibition gin drink, it was a mystery for many years why it was called the Aviation. Turns out one of the definitive sources had omitted an ingredient from the original: crème de violette liqueur. In addition to adding a nice floral note, the crème de violette turns the drink a pale blue, just like the sky. Cocktail mystery solved.


  • 1-1/2 fl. oz. (3 Tbs.) gin
  • 3/4   fl. oz. (1-1/2 Tbs.) fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 fl. oz. (1 Tbs.) maraschino liqueur
  • 1/4 fl. oz. (1-1/2 tsp.) crème de violette
  • Cherry, lemon peel, or both for garnish (optional)


  • Combine the gin and liqueurs in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend, and then strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry, a curl of lemon peel, or both, if using.


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  • Krispie | 06/18/2018

    This drink is a bit sweeter than I have had a craft cocktail bars but still delicious. I just upped the gin a bit to tone down the sweetness.

  • user-475651 | 04/27/2015

    I had this cocktail at the Campbell Apartment in Grand Central Station on my last visit to New York. It was wonderful, I am so glad to have the recipe.

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