You are going to love how elegant and delicious this lovely lavender colored Aviation Cocktail is! This easy gin cocktail features gin, maraschino liqueur and creme de violette.
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Creme de Violette
Have you ever heard of Creme de Violette? I admit that I had never heard of it until I started making cocktails for this blog. Creme de Violette is also known as Liqueur de Violette. As you can probably guess it is a liqueur made out of violets. According to Wikipedia, the Rothman & Winter Crème de Violette, that I buy is made from Queen Charlotte and March violet flowers from the Alps.
As you know, I am a big do it yourself person when it comes to liqueurs. I was so excited when I learned about this liqueur because I have a yard full of violets. Even though I found some websites showing how to do it, after much reading, I came to the sad conclusion that American violets don't work. You need French violets. Darn those French!
Creme de Violette runs around twenty-something a bottle, so it's not terribly expensive. Believe me, we've paid more for a fancy bottles of liqueur. It adds a lovely lavender color and soft floral note to your cocktails.
How to Make The Aviation Cocktail
The Aviation Cocktail is a simple 4 ingredient cocktail. The hardest part is locating a bottle Creme de Violette, though with the craft cocktail explosion this is getting easier and easier.
The Aviation Cocktail is a classic, it was created before prohibition. Like most classics it stands up to the test of time and is perfectly suited for today's cocktail drinkers! Besides being elegant, gorgeous, and delicious, it is also easy! The hardest part is locating the Creme de Violette.
Looking for another Creme de Violette cocktail:
The Violette Royale is a festive cocktail with only two ingredients!
The Aviation Cocktail
- 2 ounces gin
- 1/2 ounce Maraschino Liqueur
- 1/4 ounce Creme de Violette
- 3/4 ounce lemon juice
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all the ingredients. Shake for about 10-15 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass.
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