The Aviation Cocktail

This classic cocktail used to be a bar standard; it's time for it take flight once again
The Aviation Cocktail


Created by Hugo Ensslin, head bartender at the Hotel Wallick in New York, The Aviation cocktail was incredibly popular before prohibition put a damper on all the fun. For some reason it didn't bounce back after the ban was lifted, but we're doing our part to raise awareness by raising a glass to this delicious drink.

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Deliver Ingredients


  • 2 Ounces gin
  • 1/2 Ounce maraschino liqueur
  • 1/4 Ounce crème de violette or Crème Yvette
  • 3/4 Ounces lemon juice
  • Cherry, lemon twist, or sugar for garnish (optional)


Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.

Shake, and strain into a cocktail glass.

Garnish with a cherry, lemon twist, or sugar rim if desired.

Cocktail Shopping Tip

Buy your booze in bulk – transfer what you need into smaller bottles to stock your bar – you’ll save money and have enough leftover for your next party.

Cocktail Cooking Tip

Add another layer of flavor to your cocktails by making your own simple syrup – combine equal parts sugar and water with whatever aromatics you like – fresh herbs, whole spices, citrus, or chile peppers – heat to dissolve sugar and strain before using.