Blaberry Aviation Cocktail Recipe

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Blaberry Aviation Nutrition Facts





Alcohol %:25

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Aviation is a classic cocktail made with gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, and lemon juice. Some recipes omit the crème de violette. It is served straight up, in a cocktail glass. The Blaberry Aviation is a twist on this classic, with the addition of fresh blueberries. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a balance of sweet and sour flavors, with a hint of floral notes from the crème de violette.

How Blaberry Aviation Tastes?

The Blaberry Aviation is a delightful balance of sweet and sour. The fresh blueberries add a sweet, fruity flavor that complements the tartness of the lemon juice. The gin provides a strong, crisp base, while the maraschino liqueur and crème de violette add complexity and a subtle floral note.

Interesting facts about Blaberry Aviation

  • The Aviation cocktail was created in the early 20th century, but the exact origin is unknown.
  • The Blaberry Aviation is a modern twist on this classic cocktail.
  • The name 'Aviation' comes from the sky-blue color of the crème de violette.


A few good options for Blaberry Aviation are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

Learn everything on which Gin to choose


Why 2 oz? It's the spirit base that sets the tone. Not enough and you're flying low, too much and you'll miss the runway! The gin brings herbal notes that pair beautifully with the fruity flavors.

Emma Rose

Maraschino Liqueur

Half an ounce gives a subtle almond-like background without stealing the show. Omit it, and you drop the complexity; it's what whispers secrets of depth into the drink's ear.

Mary Mitkina

Crème de Violette

Another half an ounce adds that touch of floral elegance. A cocktail without crème de violette is like a sky without stars—still good, but not as magical.

Alex Green

Lemon Juice

Why 1 oz? Because life's all about balance! It cuts through the sweetness and adds that zesty pizzazz. Less lemon juice would make it flatter, more would overpower the delicate notes.

Emma Rose

Fresh Blueberries

A half a cup means business—it's a blueberry aviation, not a layover! They bring the color and the fresh burst of flavor. No blueberries? Imagine a garden without flowers.

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Recipe. How to make Blaberry Aviation Drink

  1. Muddle the fresh blueberries in a shaker.
  2. Add the gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, and lemon juice.
  3. Fill the shaker with ice and shake until well chilled.
  4. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist and a few fresh blueberries.

Pro Tips

  • Use a good quality gin for the best flavor.
  • Make sure to shake the cocktail well to fully incorporate the blueberries.

Perfect Pairings

Cheese Platter

A classic cheese platter with creamy brie, sharp cheddar, and tangy goat cheese can accentuate the floral and fruity notes in the 'Bluberry Aviation'.


Delicately cooked seafood, such as grilled shrimp or seared scallops, would complement the drink's brightness and acidity.


Light desserts, particularly those with lemon or berry flavors like a lemon sorbet or a blueberry tart, would provide a sweet balance to the cocktail's tartness.

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What you could change in Blaberry Aviation

  • If you can't find crème de violette, you can substitute it with a floral liqueur or omit it entirely.
  • You can use frozen blueberries if fresh ones are not available.

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And of course - twists🍹

Raspberry Aviation

Switch out the blueberries for raspberries and voila, you've landed in a tangier territory! The raspberries add a sharper edge, giving the cocktail a bolder taste with a beautiful red hue.

Elderflower Aviation

Add 0.5 oz of elderflower liqueur to the mix, reducing the maraschino liqueur by half. This gives a sweeter, slightly more floral profile, perfect for those who love to soar through a whimsical floral garden.

Sparkling Aviation

After shaking and serving the original ingredients, top with a splash of chilled prosecco. Introducing a fizzy friend turns the experience into a bubbly journey, with each sip lifting you higher into the cloud of flavors.

In case you forgot basics how to make Blaberry Aviation

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

Learn everything on how to shake

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

Learn everything on how to strain

The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

Learn everything on how to muddle

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Blaberry Aviation

What other berries can be used as a substitute for blueberries in the Blaberry Aviation?

Though fresh blueberries add a unique flavor to the Blaberry Aviation, raspberries or blackberries can be used as substitutes if required.

What type of glass is best to serve the Blaberry Aviation in?

The Blaberry Aviation is traditionally served in a cocktail glass, but a martini glass would work just as well.

Can I make the Blaberry Aviation without alcohol?

Yes, you can substitute the alcohol with non-alcoholic alternatives like tonic water or club soda, though the taste profile will change.

How can I prevent the cocktail from getting diluted?

Use large ice cubes or an ice ball. They melt slower, keeping the cocktail cold without diluting it quickly.

What are the best times to serve the Blaberry Aviation cocktail?

The Blaberry Aviation is a versatile cocktail and can be served as an aperitif or digestif. It's also quite suitable for summer evenings due to its fruity and refreshing nature.

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