Cocktail & Other Recipes By Spirit Gin Cocktails

Takumi's Aviation

Image: Tim Nusog

In 2010, while in Athens judging the Diageo World Class bartender competition, barman Gary “Gaz” Regan tasted the very best Aviation cocktail he had ever encountered—one made by Takumi Watanabe, a bartender at The Sailing Bar in Sakurai, Japan. “Since there was no crème de violette available to Watanabe at the time, he used Marie Brizard Parfait Amour, a liqueur that’s similar in color to the original ingredient but boasts orange and vanilla notes rather than the more floral notes found in crème de violette,” says Regan.



  1. Add the gin into a shaker and stir to release the aromas.

  2. Add ice and the remaining ingredients and shake.

  3. Fine-strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

  4. Garnish with a lemon twist.