This cocktail dates back to the early years of flight – when planes were a novelty and pilots were daring pioneers. The Aviation is so named because the touch of Creme de Violette in the recipe creates violet-to-blue hue in the completed cocktail. 

Creme de Violette is not the most readily available of ingredients, but it is well worth seeking out, adding subtle floral note to this drink that contrasts beautifully with the botanics of the gin and the earthy cherries of the Maraschino. 

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45ml          Gin
15ml          Maraschino Liqueur
20ml          Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
5-10ml       Creme de Violette Liqueur


Garnish       Lemon zest or cherry

Ice               Cubes (for shaking)

Glass           Cocktail glass


Equipment Checklist

Hawthorne Strainer      Shaker
Fine Strainer                 Jigger


Recommended Gins

Karu Affinity Gin


1. Add all your ingredients to the shaker.

2. Fill shaker to the brim with cubes of ice.

3. Shake hard for 30 seconds.

4. Fine strain into an ice-cold cocktail glass.


Bartender’s Top Tips

Remember to chill your glass in the freezer for 5 minutes before you fill it, to keep your drink colder and fresher for longer.

Fine straining through a mesh strainer (like a tea strainer), removes all the small chips of ice to create a silky smooth texture.

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