The Aviation Cocktail - A Summer Gin Series

Mar 12, 2014

The Aviation is one of those drinks that every good bartender and mixologist know.  It’s simple to make, allows for a huge amount of personalization, and best of all, not a huge number of people really know about it.

The History: The Aviation is a classic drink from the early 1900s New York scene.  Although its history is not as intriguing as the Bloody Mary it has a similar open-to-interpretation back story.  No one knows for sure who first decided to mix the ingredients together but a bartender named Hugo Ensslin from the now closed Hotel Wallick in Times Square was the first to publish the recipe around 1916.

How to Make The Aviation


  • 1.5 oz gin
  • .75 oz lemon juice
  • 2 dashes maraschino liquor
  • 2 dashes crème de violette or Creme Yvette
  • Chilled Martini Glass
  • maraschino cherries or lemon slice
  • Shaker with Strainer
  • Ice


  1. Take your strainer and add ample ice.  Then pour your gin, lemon juice, marraschino liquor, and choice of crème de violette or Creme Yvette into the shaker.
  2. Close the shaker and mix vigorously.  The ice will help “bruise” the gin, taking some of the sharpness of the drink away.
  3. Strain the liquid into a chilled martini glass.  Add a maraschino cherry and/or a lemon slice to give the drink something extra.

*ratios are fairly open and additions of other flavors are very possible with this drink!

- Brian David Joyner

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