Amoretti Classic Cocktail #17: Amoretti Aviation

The alliterative Amoretti Aviation is a classic cocktail you probably haven’t heard of before. In fact, it turns out most people haven’t. However, bartenders have been serving it up to those in the know since the World War I era. Also, it’s worth mentioning now that many non-gin drinkers consider this drink recipe to be a conversion experience to the juniper berry spirit!

The Aviation is first mentioned in Hugo Ensslin’s 1916 classic, Recipes for Mixed Drinks. Ensslin’s book was one of many cocktail recipe books published in the early 20th century, and it has left its indelible mark on the current Classic Cocktail Revival sweeping the country. While there’s a lot of good material in this book, the Aviation is certainly our favorite find!

The Amoretti Aviation Drink Recipe


  • Ingredients:
  • Directions:
  • Add the first four ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake, strain, and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry or flamed lemon peel. However, if you aren’t experienced in flaming a lemon peel, just stick with the cherry!

    We love using our floral beverage syrups in this and other drink recipes. Our violet lavender syrup is especially practical for this cocktail recipe. The original 1916 recipe calls for a dash of crème de violette, which is a brandy (or neutral spirit) based liqueur with violet flower flavoring. It’s floral, sweet, and unfortunately, rare.

    In fact, prior to 2007, crème de violette was virtually impossible to get anywhere in the United States. During this time, the few people who were fond of Aviations opted to use Crème Yvette as a substitute. If you want to try the unadulterated historic recipe, then pick up some crème de violette. If you’d like to enjoy a great cocktail without going on a wild goose chase, then our violet lavender floral beverage syrup is the perfect answer!

    Plus, we’ve developed a number of popular drink recipes that make great use of this syrup, so you certainly won’t be stuck making Aviations (not that that would be such a bad thing…). For a refreshing tea recipe, check out our Violet Lavender Iced Tea drink recipe. For another cocktail idea, check out the Amoretti Lavender Martini, which uses gin, dry vermouth, and lemon peel.

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