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Life has not been too kind lately to this lady.  Mostly it has been little punches here and there that on their own are troubling, but since they happen one on top of the other just seem to be draining the life out of me.  Who am I kidding?  Some of them are pretty darn crappy, not little punches.  But I’ve been trying to keep the calm face.  I’m the kind of gal that if her hair caught on fire in the middle of a conversation, I’d calmly go around the corner, put out the fire, and then come back and say, “And how can I help you, again?”  However, I won’t kid you that with all I have to deal with, sometimes a little tipple helps ease the worried mind.  So this weekend I set about trying out a cocktail I’d wanted to try for a while on the recommendation of The Baroness – The Aviation.
Aviation Cocktail - Lady by Choice
Aviation Cocktail - Lady by Choice


In reading about the Aviation, I learned that I wouldn’t want to rely on my favorite vintage cocktail book, The Savoy Cocktail Book.  The Aviation was created in the early twentieth century and this first version included crème de violette.  However, for some reason the Savoy Cocktail Book eliminated this essential ingredient. As time went on, the crème de violette was forgotten about and, as it was difficult to obtain in the U.S., wasn’t seen as a key ingredient.  With the renaissance of the cocktail, however, obscure liquors and liqueurs that had disappeared from our cabinets began making an emergence and people once again discovered the delights of this lovely purple elixir.  Therefore, I determined to learn about this pretty little cocktail in its earliest form.

The earliest recipe called for gin, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur and crème de violette, so that is what I went with.  In trying out the various versions, I found I liked:


  • 2 oz. gin
  • ¾ oz fresh lemon
  • ¼ oz Luxardo maraschino liqueur
  • Dash to ¼ oz of crème de violette
Mixing all of the ingredients together, I found just a dash of the crème de violette didn’t give it the hint of purple color I wanted, so I usually used just a little bit more.  But I left it in the recipe as some might be put off by the hint of violet taste used in the ¼ oz.  Why oh why didn’t that big box liquor store sell smaller bottles of the crème de violette or Luxardo?  I will become a lush before I ever use it all.
Aviation Cocktail - Lady by Choice
Aviation Cocktail - Lady by Choice
But here it is.  The two colors you see are the difference between a dash and close to ¼ oz of the crème de violette.
Aviation Cocktail - Lady by Choice
Aviation Cocktail - Lady by Choice
RECIPE (printable)


A heady and intoxicating vintage cocktail is a treat with a touch of Creme de Violette.

Course Drinks
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 199 kcal


  • 2 oz Gin
  • 3/4 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz Luxardo maraschino liqueur
  • Dash to 1/2 oz Creme de violette
  • 1 ea Luxardo maraschino cherry (for garnish)


  1. Put ice in a cocktail shaker. Add gin, lemon juice, and Luxardo. Shake. Pour in a martini glass and enjoy! If you like you can add a Luxardo maraschino cherry as garnish.
Top it off with a cherry, serve it in a cocktail glass, and you have lovely, purple perfection.  What do you think?  Will you go violette?  Like many vintage cocktails, don’t let its frou-frou look fool you.  It packs a punch – it is almost all alcohol.  Tasty, non?
If you are a fan of gin, why not try a Tom Collins?

9 comments so far.


  1. Beth says:

    Love a good Aviation, and yours looks delish! Hope this weekend perks up for you.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Where'd you get the creme de violette?Do they carry it at Bev Mo?


  3. Lily says:

    I do enjoy a proper Aviation. Not as much as my beloved Corpse Reviver #2, but much more than a Blue Moon. I will have to try your recommended blend.

  4. I'm sorry to hear you've been weathering one of life's unpleasant storms as of late, dear lady. Here's to hoping that October kicks off on a much better note for you!

    ♥ Jessica

    • admin says:

      Thank you, Jessica. It is one of my favorite months, though of late it hasn't held the best of memories for me. Need to turn things around.

  5. Fashionista says:

    I love the label on the creme do violette, how pretty is that? And very in keeping with your theme.

  6. admin says:

    It is pretty, isn't it? And you should see the color when you pour the pure liquor out. Very rich.

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