Recipe: Aviation Cocktail

Recipe: Aviation Cocktail

You’ve loaded up on violet liqueur, now what do you do with it?

The #1 (and for many drinkers, the only) use for creme yvette or creme de violette is in the Aviation, a delightful little drink and not just because of its color. The key is to keep the violet liqueur dialed back — just enough to give it a tinge of color. Too much and your drink will taste like perfume.

That said, getting the violet shade of the drink just right isn’t easy. I’m aware that mine looks more blue than the magenta you see in professional photos — but between you and me, I suspect most of those are pretty heavily doctored.

Don’t have violet liqueur? Make a Casino instead.

2 ounces gin
3/4 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur
1/4 ounce creme de violette or creme yvette

Shake all ingredients over ice and strain into a coupe. Garnish with a brandied cherry or two.

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Anonymous on August 16, 2020 at 2:49 am

    Any progress on the parfait amour round up? Looking forward to it a great deal and it seems nobody else has beat you to it.

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