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Aviation Cocktail Recipe

Sip on an Aviation Cocktail, and Your Troubles Will Take Wing

While some cocktails are beloved for their crowd-pleasing nature — like the margaritas and Aperol Spritzes of the world — others stand out for their assertive, potentially polarizing flavors. The aviation, a classic Prohibition-era cocktail, might not appeal to all, but its fans are of the ardent sort. The aviation cocktail recipe consists of: gin, lemon juice, crème de violette, maraschino liqueur, and cherries (no, not the glowingly red sort) mingle into an elegant, lavender-hued beverage that you'll likely either love or hate; the only way to find out is to try it for yourself!

— Additional reporting by Haley Lyndes

Aviation Cocktail


Aviation Cocktail Recipe


  1. 1 1/2 ounces gin
    1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
    3/4 ounces maraschino liqueur
    1/4 ounce crème de violette (optional)
    Maraschino cherry, for garnish


  1. Add the gin, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur, and crème de violette to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until thoroughly chilled, strain into a coupe glass, and garnish with a maraschino cherry.
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