Aviation Cocktail Recipe

Three purple aviation drinks with edible pansies floating in them and sitting on a wooden tray.

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An Aviation Cocktail Recipe from the 1900’s pre-prohibition era that merges gin, Creme de Violette Liqueur, fresh lemon juice, and Maraschino Liqueur to create a drink displaying a gorgeous purple hue. This classic craft cocktail hints at a delightful floral touch with a balance of both sweet and sour.


  • 2 ounces Empress 1908 Gin, chilled
  • 1/2 ounce Maraschino Liqueur, chilled (I prefer Luxardo)
  • 3/4 ounce Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 ounce Creme de Violet Liqueur, chilled (I prefer Rothman and Winter)
  • Edible Glitter for garnish (optional)
  • Edible Flowers for garnish, I used Pansies (optional)


  • Pour 2 ounces Empress 1908 Gin, 1/2 ounce Maraschino Liqueur, 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice, and 1/2 ounce Creme de Violet Liqueur into an ice-filled cocktail mixing glass. Stir for about 30 seconds until the drink is cold.
  • Strain and pour the ingredients into a chilled coupe or martini glass.
  • Sprinkle edible glitter on top and add an edible pansy (optional).
  • ENJOY!


  • You’ll need both Empress 1908 Gin and the Creme de Violette to produce that rich purple look that is seen in this post.
  • The Aviation is typically served in a coupe or a martini glass which displays the visual glamour of this drink.
  • You can make a large pitcher for a group of guests by multiplying the ingredients by how many people you are serving. Add all of the ingredients to a large pitcher, cover, and store in the refrigerator for a day or two. When you are ready to serve, add ice to the pitcher and stir until fully chilled. Strain the mixture into individual glasses and garnish.


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