July 30, 2014

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

Aviation Classic Cocktail Recipe by HonestlyYUM

Caorunn Gin | HonestlyYUM

Aviation Classic Cocktail Recipe by HonestlyYUM

Aviation Classic Cocktail Recipe by HonestlyYUM

Aviation Classic Cocktail Recipe by HonestlyYUM

Aviation Classic Cocktail Recipe by HonestlyYUM


This sophisticated classic cocktail utilizes the little-known crème de violette!
Servings: 1 cocktail



  1. 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.


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.

(images by HonestlyYUM)


This looks absolutely beautiful. I really want to make this but I am allergic to cherries. What other liqueur would you suggest as a substitute? Thank-you!

I don’t know what I like best, the cocktail, the wee flower, or that swag penguin shaker. I’ll take all three.

I was just thinking about stocking up my cocktail bar with the ingredients for an aviation, you have given me the shove I needed!

PS…penguin cocktail shaker available everywhere…just google
with and without pouring handle…I will buy with handle so as not to obscure the penguin shape when pouring.

retired flight attendant here….aviation……. 😉 sounds like my way to fly!

Will try to buy ingredients tomorrow!!!

Gorgeous drink that also sounds delicious!! And I desperately need to know where to find the completely perfect penguin shaker!!! Any hints are greatly appreciated! 🙂 great post again 🙂 thanks!

those violets are so adorable… beautifully captured imagery as usual!

I think cocktail photography is the most inspiring, and you never disappoint! I have a big old bottle of creme de violette in the cupboard, so I’m all set.

So stunning, the color and edible violet make this almost too sophisticated to drink! 😉

So pretty! I love the gentle violet color- so elegant. Glad to see you’ve gotten your priorities straight with this classic 😉

I’ll echo the sentiments of several other comments, this is a very pretty drink. The colors are amazing and I’m sure it is delicious. I’ve GOT to know where you found that penguin shaker! That is the best bar tool I could ever imagine! 🙂

Todd, I’ve never heard of this cocktail but it sounds amazing! I definitely love the shaker penguin!

This is the most beautiful cocktail I have ever seen. ALMOST to pretty to drink.

Beautiful cocktail! And I am really loving your penguin shaker!

Yes! The Aviation is one of my favorite cocktails. I always find myself craving this drink around January/February; I don’t know if that’s weird? I think perhaps it’s because I want something floral to remind me that the Vermont winter will not go on and on and on forever. (:

I love the Aviation – it’s one of my all-time favorite cocktails. I love the way you’ve done it here.

This aviation cocktail has to be one of the most beautiful drinks. Beautiful color to it and the violet/viola as a garnish is just elegant. 🙂

Woa! This is looking so good! I really like the ediable violet, really nice colors too

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