A classic gin cocktail, the Aviation was created y Hugo Ensslin, the head bartender at the Hotel Wallick in New York. First served in the early 20th century, the recipe was published in a 1916 mixed drink book. The cocktail can be considered a variation on the gin sour and is made with gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de voilette, and lemon juice. It should be served straight up and in a cocktail glass.



2 oz gin

½ oz maraschino liqueur

¼ oz crème de violette (or Crème Yvette)

¾ oz lemon juice



  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice.


  1. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass.


  1. Garnish with a cherry (fresh or maraschino).