Cocktail Club

The Cocktail Club | Aviation

The 1st April marked the centenary of the RAF, so what better cocktail than the Aviation to kick off the start of the Cocktail Club?!

Dating back to the early 1900s, the original recipe calls for gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, and lemon juice. Served straight up and garnished with a cherry, the classic cocktail created by Hugo Ensslin was popular among the elite cocktail bars of New York and London.

Crème de violette was soon omitted from the Aviation, due to the elusiveness of the violet liqueur and the publication of the revised recipe in Harry Craddock’s influential Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930.

The Aviation is recognised by the International Bartenders Association and although their recipe excludes crème de violette, one can’t help but wonder what spin on the classic Aviation will arise with violet gins and liqueurs being very in vogue


  • 60ml Dry Gin
  • 15ml Maraschino Liqueur
  • 10ml Créme De Violette
  • 25ml Lemon Juice

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass, and Garnish with a cherry.