Aviation Cocktail Recipe | Bols



the original
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Damrak Gin

50 ML

Fresh lemon juice

20 ML

Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Fill the cocktail two thirds of the way with ice. Shake the cocktail for around 10 seconds and fine strain it into a chilled martini glass.


with natural botanicals

Master bartender note

The Aviation cocktail is a classic gin cocktail and is quite possibly the most successful variation on the Gin Sour. The Aviation cocktail still has Damrak Gin in the starring role, which elevates the cocktail with its herbs, citrus and a strong kick of alcohol.

The Aviation gets its name from the light blue colour of the cocktail that is created by adding a bar spoon of Bols Parfait Amour. It's supposed to remind you of the blue sky you see from the window of an airplane. Flying in the early 20th century was only affordable for the very wealthy and this cocktail has long lived up to its luxurious name. The Aviation is a genius cocktail invention, which continues to intrigue. 

By replacing the sugar syrup with the sweet and fruity Bols Maraschino liqueur, the floral and sweet notes in the Bols Parfait Amour and reducing the lemon juice to 20 ml instead of 30 ml, you achieve an even better sweet/sour balance with much more depth. 

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