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About this Cocktail

Found a number of recipes but never could find a local bar that had creme de violette. Finally bought a bottle for home and it has become my favorite spring time and brunch cocktail, not to mention one of the most beautiful with the red cherry sitting in that sea of blue. I prefer it to just a lemon twist Aviation.

  • 2 oz London Dry gin (Plymouth or Bombay Dry)
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz maraschino liqueur (Luxardo)
  • 1/4 oz creme de violette  (Rothman & Winter)
  • lemon zest
  • maraschino or brandied cherry

Shake with ice, strain into a well-chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with brandied or maraschino cherry.

  • Dani DeLuna
    For an entire year I had an Aviation challenge where if I found a bar which seemed to "know it's stuff", I would order an Aviation. I learned after 30 or so "Aviations" that this drink is incredibly difficult to make correctly. Usually they came out too lemony. The best ones always had a cherry garnish.
  • Jason Hutcherson
    Yes, always too lemon. Just a little lemon goes a long way.

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