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Aviation cocktail

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  • bettybooppug.ac608c posted 4 months ago

    Made one for my friend and she's crazy about it! Used Creme de Violet, the maraschino cherry liquor, Aviation gin, and fresh lemon juice, and, yes, it turned out to be the exact same color as this picture.

  • jslasher posted 4 months ago

    Why must jrconalty.e5aed79 employ crude language to describe the ingredients. I am disappointed by his response.

  • rob.c4fb5 posted 5 months ago

    Fully agree with Boozy2's comment. The photo is an absolute cheat on the drink color, my guess is that they floated Creme de Violette in Gin to achieve that. The lemon juice overpowers the subtleties of the other ingredients and become the dominant player in this recipe. Try adjusting to .5oz Luxardo, .5oz Creme de Violette, and .5oz lemon.

  • jrconalty.e5aed79 posted 5 months ago


  • Boozy2 posted 8 months ago

    Some notes on this recipe: This is a sweet drink when made with Creme de Yvette, and not blue or violet as pictured but pinkish. The Bitter Truth guys make a Creme de Violette, but when using lemon juice is a cloudy greyish color and is somewhat of a more bitter flavor profile overall as the spirit maker's name would suggest. Whatever you do don't use Drillaud's as it is just food coloring in sugar water. We tried several variations using different products and could not create this visually stunning drink in any way that tasted good.

  • johngoundry86gmailcom496930998 posted 1 year ago

    Absolutely adore this!

  • godfrem posted 2 years ago

    Best aviation is from 'happiness forgets' in London. Creme de Violette is available online.

  • rose_bunny12_d674a71 posted 2 years ago

    Wow never had one

  • blinkenmick.3f4aaf3 posted 3 years ago

    The cellars in Sydney posted creme de violette to us in adelaide

  • alxxngh.6201 posted 3 years ago

    I found a recipe for Aviation in a small book titled "Old Man Drinks." It didn't have the "creme de violette"; it called basically for equal parts of Maraschino liqueur & lemon juice with a couple ounces of gin. Of course it's not blue, but yellowish from the lemonade. Still: works for me!

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1 12 oz Beefeater 24 gin
12 oz Fresh lemon juice
12 oz Simple syrup (1 part sugar, 1 part water)
14 oz Crème de cassis liqueur
14 oz Campari liqueur
12 oz Cointreau liqueur


How to Make:

  1. Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice, and shake vigorously for 5 seconds.
  2. Pour into a goblet or Belgian beer glass.
  3. Grate orange zest over the top for garnish.
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