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Botanicals 101 – Lavender

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I am often asked the origin of the name “Aviation American Gin”. The name was inspired by the Aviation Cocktail, that quintessential New York City concoction that typifies all that was great and good about the Golden Age of cocktails in America (c. 1880-1920). One of the original ingredients of an Aviation Cocktail, that was omitted in subsequent versions, was Creme de Violette, or violet liqueur. So in concieving and creating Aviation American Gin, we always had in mind that it should above all else, make a fantastic Aviation Cocktail, and since Creme de Violette is hard to come by we decided to add a floral note to our new gin. Thats how lavender made it into the botanical blend: it has a nice floral note reminiscent of violet.

The lavender also contributes an herbal/earthy quality that lends to the versatility and mixability of Aviation American Gin.I find this especially to be the case when using lemon juice (remember, always use freshly squeezed juices).

You can best pick up the lavender flavor when tasting Aviation American Gin neat, look for it on the nose but also for its earthy/rosemary flavor on the palate.


  • 1 1/2 oz Aviation American Gin
  • 1 tsp Crème de violette
  • 1/2 oz Maraschino Liqueur
  • 3/4 oz Freshly pressed lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz Simple syrup
  1. In a pint glass, add spirits & mixers
  2. Fill with ice & shake vigorously
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  4. Garnish with a cherry on a pick


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