Cocktail Perfected: The Aviation



April showers bring May flowers…hopefully saying goodbye to a cold, rainy April means saying hello to a warm, bloom-filled May.

This cocktail might be my spring favorite…nothing whispers “hey warm weather” like gin, lemon, maraschino and violet. The creme de violette is one of many gifts from Naoto to my liquor cabinet while he was unable to consume alcohol. I swear, he made a hobby of buying everything on my cocktail-making wish list while he was sober for two months!

I really love the aviation for it’s sweet, tart and floral flavors. The creme de violette might be an acquired taste for some people, but it was instant love for me. It reminds me of those Chowards Violet Mints which remind me of something a grandma would eat. The delicate violet sweetness is kind of lovely and tastes like a sweet flower.


2 oz gin (I used North Shore No. 6)

1/2 oz lemon juice (freshly squeezed!)

1/2 oz maraschino liqueur

1/4 oz creme de violette

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry. (I used an Unbound Maraschino Cherry…they were a birthday gift from Naoto and are so delicious they deserve their own blog post!) Enjoy during a garden party on a fresh spring day!


4 thoughts on “Cocktail Perfected: The Aviation

  1. Naoto says:

    I was thinking I recognized the similarity to something I have had before and now, the mystery is solved! It was yummy!

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