Cocktail Chronicles 005: The Aviation

The Aviation is a classic cocktail that dates back to the early 20th century and was created by Hugo R. Ensslin. It first appeared in literature in Ensslin’s 1916 Recipes For Mixed Drinks, but the exact date of its conception is unknown. 

Aviation Cocktail in an Amehla Co. Nick and Nora cocktail glass

The Aviation cocktail was forgotten about for many years -- roughly half a century. This was due to a couple of different reasons. The primary reason that it was forgotten about for so many years was due to one of the main ingredients in the recipe, Creme De Violette, stopped being produced altogether in the 1960’s. Rotham & Winter decided in 2007 to recreate their own Creme De Violette that once again allowed this classic cocktail to be reintroduced to bartenders and aspiring mixologists alike. 

It is quite disheartening to think that we lost the ability to create such a wonderful cocktail for such a long period of time. Before its disappearance from the world of mixology, it was, as Leonardo from The Educated Barfly points out in his video on the Aviation, considered the original “Bartender’s Handshake.” Meaning, that if you order an Aviation while at a bar it was sort of a tip of the cap that you too were either a bartender or that you at least had some degree of knowledge for mixology. Since its revival, it has somewhat recaptured this unspoken connection between patron and bartender and can once again be considered a “Bartender’s Handshake.” For you to enjoy, at the bottom, we have also included The Educated Barfly's very entertaining video on the Aviation.

Aviation Cocktail in an Amehla Co. Nick and Nora Cocktail Glass


  • 2 oz Gin
  • .375 oz Maraschino Liquor
  • .375 oz Creme De Violette
  • ¾ oz Lemon Juice
  • Garnish with a Branded Cherry (Optional)


  1. Place all ingredients into your shaker with ice. 
  2. Shake for 15-20 seconds
  3. Strain into an ‘up’ cocktail glass such as a Nick and Nora, coupe, or martini glass.
  4. Add garnish (optional)

Aviation Cocktail in an Amehla Co. Nick and Nora cocktail glass