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The original, 1916 Aviation included creme de violette, a violet-flavored liqueur that tinted the drink a pale sky blue (hence the cocktail's name, some say). Later, the liqueur became impossible to find in the US, and a version without it became the standard. Ironically, at least three new brands of the liqueur have launched within the last decade.

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  • 2 ounces gin
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 3/8 ounce maraschino liqueur
  • 3/8 ounce crème de violette (violet liqueur)
  • Ice
  • 1 sour cherry, preferably marasca, for garnish (optional)


How to make this recipe

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the gin, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur and violet liqueur. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into 
a chilled coupe and garnish with the cherry.
Photo © Lucas Allen Published April 2015

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