Aviation Cocktail – Sour with Violet Liqueur

Blue Cocktail with Gin and a Cherry


60 ml I 2 oz Gin
30 ml I 1 oz Lemon Juice
15 ml I 1/2 oz Maraschino
10 ml I 1/3 oz Créme de Violette

Shake all the ingredients over ice and double strain into a coupette or martini glass.
 Garnish with a Maraschino cherry. You can also simply „drop“ into the glass.

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The story of the Aviation Cocktail

The Aviation Cocktail first appeared in Hugo Enslinn’s book „Recipes for Mixed Drinks“ in 1916, when he ran a bar in the Hotel Wallick in New York City. There is also a recipe without violet liqueur, which the well-known Harry Cradock wrote down in his „Savoy Cocktail Book“ in 1930. He may have forgotten the fourth ingredient or simply left it out… In any case, this is Enslinn’s version, which simply includes the violet liqueur.
The cocktail owes its name to its sky blue color. On the other hand, in the 1920s, aviation was still something very special and was one of the great advances of mankind. This drink was probably a tribute to the pioneers of aviation.

The ingredients for the Aviation Cocktail

The violet liqueur – Créme de Violette

We are fortunate that several brands have recognized the elegance of the Aviation Cocktail and have therefore relaunched the production of violet liqueurs. This even allows us to choose between different products. Admittedly, I cannot make a comparison with The Bitter Truth Violet Liqueur, as it is the only violet liqueur that I use.

The gin in the Aviation cocktail

London Dry Gin in Aviation is okay… But as we all know, anyone can do it normally. That’s why I’m throwing these two unusual distillates into the mix, which I’m sure you’ll enjoy in Aviation:

Whitley Neill Rhubarb & Ginger Gin
I am enthusiastic about the unusual Whitley Neill Rhubarb & Ginger Gin, as this flavored gin has beautiful rhubarb and ginger notes. And these flavors apparently like the company of violet and cherry. Admittedly a strange combination. But a „must try“ for your aviation cocktail. What’s more, the magenta-purple bottle simply looks striking on any gin shelf.

The Jinzu Gin
After all, the use of Japanese botanicals such as yuzu and cherry blossom is quite special. Another rare feature of Jinzu is that sake is used as the base alcohol. Sounds exciting, and it is. And it tastes great – even in the Aviation Cocktail.

The decision is now up to you. Rhubarb and ginger with the Whitley Neill or cherry blossom and yuzu with the Jinzu gin. Try both and let me know in the comments how you prefer to drink your Aviation Cocktail.


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