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The Aviation was created by Hugo Ensslin, head bartender at the Hotel Wallick in New York, in the early twentieth century. The first published recipe for the drink appeared in Ensslin’s 1916 Recipes for Mixed Drinks.


1.5 oz gin
0.75 oz Maraschino
0.75 oz lemon Juice
0.25 oz Crème de Violette (Optional)
Garnish: cherry
Prep: Shake, strain and garnish.