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  1. Ice
  2. Coupe
  3. Martini Glass


An Aviation cocktail is a Gin-based drink that is flavored by Creme de Violette, Lemon Juice and Maraschino Liqueur. It's hard not to get lost in the majesty of its purple color.

Ingredient Amount
Creme de Violette 1/3oz
Fresh Lemon Juice 1/2oz
Gin 2oz
Maraschino Liquor 2/3oz
Garnish Cherry (Brandied or Maraschino)

Substitute Ingredients & Variations

  • You can substitute the Maraschino liqueur for Jasmine liqueur (not our favorite, but still)
  • You can modify the Lemon juice to taste, from 1/3oz to 2/3oz. Don't exceed 1oz.
  • You can sub out the Lemon Juice for Lime Juice if you want to take a different angle
  • You can substitute Jenever for Gin
  • You can add some Rosemary Simple Syrup (provided you've made some)


  1. 1.

    Gather Ingredients

    The ingredients to make an Aviation cocktail include Creme de Violette, Fresh Lemon Juice, Gin and Maraschino Liqueur.

  2. 2.

    Add the Gin

    Pour 2oz of Gin into a cocktail shaker

  3. 3.

    Add the Maraschino Liqueur

    Pour 2/3oz of Maraschino Liqueur into a cocktail shaker

  4. 4.

    Add the Creme de Violette

    Pour 1/3oz of Creme de Violette into a cocktail shaker

  5. 5.

    Add the Fresh Lemon Juice

    Pour 1/2oz of Fresh Lemon Juice into a cocktail shaker

  6. 6.

    Shake and Strain

    Give the cocktail shaker a vigorous shake for 10-15 seconds. Then strain the mixed drink into your Coupe or Martini Glass.

  7. Step Seven: Serve the Aviation

    Serve the Cocktail

    You're finished making the drink. Enjoy.


What type of glass do you pour an Aviation cocktail into?

A Couple or Martini Glass.

Does an Aviation Cocktail Require Aviation Gin?

No, the Aviation Cocktail does not require Aviation brand Gin to be used in the cocktail recipe. That said, Ryan Reynolds would probably prefer that you did use Aviation Gin to make the mixed drink.

What is the Aviation cocktail and The Blacklist?

The Blacklist is a television series. Apparently the 145th Episode: The Freelancer, made reference to the cocktail. According to IMDB Trivia, it [Aviation], is, 'The drink that Red orders for Agent Keen is a classic cocktail called an Aviation. First published in 1916, it was meant to symbolize the wonder of the quickly expanding field of aviation. The Aviation is made with top-shelf gin, Maraschino liqueur, Crème de Violette and fresh lemon juice. Normally the drink would appear a much lighter blue, reminiscent of the sky, hence the name.'