Aviation Cocktail Hugo Ensslin’s Version

This is the oldest version of the cocktail I could find (1916). It contains Creme de Violette. Later versions left have mistakenly left this ingredient out. Now it’s practically unheard of to add Creme de Violette. The story goes that when the Savoy Cocktail Book came out an editorial blunder was to blame for the ommision. Which is too bad because the Creme de Violette is what gives this drink it’s lovely sky blue hue, and that color is quite possibly the inspiration for the name. Aviation Cocktail Hugo Ensslin’s Version.

Aviation Cocktail Hugo Ensslin’s Version 

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  • volume lemon juice
  • volume el bart gin
  • 2 dash maraschino liqueur
  • 2 dash crème de violette


Shake well in a mixing glass with cracked ice, strain and serve.