A true classic, a visual show-stopper, and a delicious drink! The Aviation Cocktail will impress any guests you may be entertaining. 

Invention of the Aviation Cocktail is credited to Hugo Ensslin, who was  head bartender at NYC’s Hotel Wallick. The recipe appeared in Recipes for Mixed Drinks, published in 1916. In 1930, Harry Craddock adapted the recipe for his famed Savoy Cocktail Book.  

Craddock’s adaptation leaves out the crème de violette, but we think it is worth finding and including! While it’s only 1/4 ounce, it gives the cocktail its signature color and flavor.


  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 3/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 ounce creme de violette
  • Maraschino cherry and lemon twist for garnish


  • Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice
  • Shake thoroughly and strain into a martini glass
  • Garnish with a lemon twist and cherry

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Mrs. Jones’ shares the recipe for one of our favorite cocktails-of-the-moment with our followers and website visitors just about every month. These are drinks we make for ourselves while recording the podcast (sometimes you’ll hear them mentioned on air) and/or drinks we share with friends who visit. All of the drinks you see featured are ones we’ve found and tried or created for ourselves and our guests.

You can view Mrs. Jones’ cocktail recipes by main ingredient (gin, vodka, tequila, etc.) or alphabetically. We also have a few special homemade treat recipes to complement the cocktails, and a list of holiday cocktails…to help you find just the right drink for just the right occasion.