How To Make A Perfect Aviation Cocktail

The Aviation Cocktail is a floral, slightly sweet, slightly sour cocktail made with gin, maraschino cherry liqueur, lemon juice, and crème de violette, and served straight up.

What Is an Aviation Cocktail?

The Aviation Cocktail is a sweet, tart, and just slightly floral gin-based cocktail made by shaking together gin, Luxardo (maraschino cherry) liqueur, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and Crème de Violette.

I first came upon it at Chicago’s Free Rein when I was trying to find a drink made with Beefeater’s millennial pink strawberry gin. (I’m determined to try every millennial pink product out there – and these ruby chocolates are next on the list.) But, alas, no luck.

I asked the bartender if he could make me a gin drink that wasn’t too sweet but also not a dry martini. I was deeply hoping for something beautiful, refreshing, and unforgettable… and the gin gods answered my prayers.

[Recipe’s Note: Gin gods are not to be confused with gin demons, which convince you that chasing shots of gin with Nantucket Nectars Grapeade is a good idea and not the kind of idea that will give you a two-day hangover and scare you off the spirit for a decade. Oh, college. Pinkies up!]

How To Make A Perfect Aviation Cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutesTotal Time: 5 minutesServings: 1 cocktail


  • 2½ oz. dry gin
  • ¾ oz. lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • ½ oz. maraschino cherry liqueur (such as Luxardo)
  • ½ oz. Crème de Violette (or Crème de Yvette)
  • 1 Luxardo maraschino cherry (optional)
  • 1 wheel lemon (for garnish; optional)


  1. Place the gin, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur, and Crème de Violette in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake the cocktail shaker until the shaker is cold and the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
  3. Place a Luxardo cherry in the bottom of a chilled coupe glass.
  4. Pour the cocktail on top.
  5. Garnish with a wheel of lemons.

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About the Author: Rachel Michaels

A food photographer and travel blogger from New York City. Rachel's interest in cooking and travel began during her study abroad program in Italy, where she fell in love with Italian cuisine. She now captures the beauty of food and travels through her photography and blog posts.

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