It’s been a while since I made us a classic cocktail. I know, completely unacceptable! Thankfully I received a bottle of Caorunn gin (hooray for booze mail!) and immediately thought of the Aviation. This delightfully sophisticated cocktail is just too pretty (and tasty) to overlook. In fact, there may even be an embarrassing old video of me making an Aviation floating somewhere around the internet, but no need to discuss that at the moment! Please enjoy . . .

Aviation Classic Cocktail Recipe by HonestlyYUM

I decided to garnish with a couple edible violets because, well, edible flowers duh!

Aviation Classic Cocktail Recipe by HonestlyYUM

Add the gin, maraschino liqueur, lemon juice and crème de violette to your shaker.

Caorunn Gin | HonestlyYUM

One of the reasons this cocktail is thought to have fallen out of style is the scarcity of crème de violette. No more! Bevmo carries Rothman and Winter, which will more than suffice.

Aviation Classic Cocktail Recipe by HonestlyYUM

Add ice to your shaker and shake for a full ten seconds. Penguin!!

Aviation Classic Cocktail Recipe by HonestlyYUM

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Aviation Classic Cocktail Recipe by HonestlyYUM

Garnish with an edible violet and you’re good to go!!

Aviation Classic Cocktail Recipe by HonestlyYUM

Aviation Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz maraschino liqueur
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz crème de violette
  • edible violet for garnish

Directions:

  • Add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake for a full 10 seconds.
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with an edible violet and enjoy.

(images by HonestlyYUM)