This recipe for a “Lavender Haze” Cocktail is refreshing, tart, purple and inspired by Taylor Swift! With floral notes from crème de violette and sharper bites of gin and lemon juice, it’s a versatile, 3-ingredient drink that will be a hit at any spring or summer celebrations.
Lavender Haze Recipe FAQ
The Aviation is a classic cocktail made with gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, and lemon juice. It is served without ice (straight up) in a cocktail glass.
Hugo Ensslin, the head bartender at the Hotel Wallick in New York, invented the Aviation in the early 1900s. The first true recipe was featured in his book “1916 Recipes for Mixed Drinks”. This original Aviation blueprint called for 1½ oz. El Bart gin, ¾ oz. lemon juice, 2 dashes maraschino liqueur, and 2 dashes crème de violette.
Crème de violette is a creamy liqueur with violet flower flavoring. It tends to have a base of a neutral spirit, of brandy, or both. Therefore, it has a light, sweet, and fresh taste reminiscent of flowers. Due to these aromatic qualities, you do not need much of it in a recipe to really notice its presence.
As a note, crème de violette is typically bottled between 30 and 40 proof. Depending on where you live, crème de Violette can be purchased online or in a well stocked liquor store. We purchased the Giffard brand.
Today’s recipe is a bit simpler and requires just three main ingredients. I do not care for maraschino cherries and did not miss anything leaving that liqueur out here.
This cocktail is of course most recognizable for its lilac coloring, which contributes to the ethereal light purple tones of this drink.
Ingredient Details for the Aviation/Lavender Haze Cocktail
Gin is the base spirit. Something with floral notes, like Hendricks, is a very nice option as this complements the violet liqueur. Dry gins with a strong juniper profile are most commonly used.
Lemon juice is essential as its acidity cuts through the floral notes and keeps them from overpowering the cocktail. This is why we’re using a full ounce of it.
Crème de violette liqueur is the base coloring for this drink. It’s important to note that you only need a small amount (¾ of an ounce) to really pack a punch in this drink. No one wants to feel like they’re drinking potpourri, so feel free to start off with ½ of an ounce to determine your preference.