Despite its “high-flying” reputation, the Aviation cocktail almost went extinct in the mid-20th century. Thankfully, the recent surge in demand for classic cocktails has revived this fancy & floral gin-based drink. Funnily enough, it’s easier to make an authentic Aviation today than it was in the mid-20th century.

For “smooth sailing,” please don’t forget to add a sprinkle of Tribe’s citrus-flavored CBD oil to your Aviation. No matter how “turbulent” your day was, our high-quality CBD will keep you calm as you sip this classy cocktail.

You can’t talk about an Aviation without mentioning crème de violette. Not only is this floral liqueur responsible for the Aviation’s purple color, it’s the primary reason this cocktail almost went extinct.

Even though the Aviation was incredibly popular, European distillers stopped making this liqueur around the 1960s. Since crème de violette was so hard to come by, bartenders had to omit it in Aviations in the mid-20th century. It wasn’t until about a decade ago that a few companies began offering authentic crème de violette liqueurs.

Since crème de violette is made with violets, it’s no surprise this liqueur has a flowery taste. If you’ve never had this drink before, you should give it a taste beforehand to figure out how much you want in your Aviation.

If you find you don’t enjoy this drink’s floral taste, then there’s no harm taking it out of this CBD cocktail. After all, many cocktail enthusiasts happily drank non-violette Aviations in the 1900s. However, if you want an authentic Aviation experience, you’ve got to add at least a pinch of crème de violette.

“Take Off” With Tribe CBD’s Aviation Recipe

CBD Aviation Recipe


  • 1 ½ oz gin
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • 3/8 oz maraschino liqueur
  • 3/8 oz crème de violette liqueur
  • ½ dropperful Tribe CBD oil (citrus)
  • Luxardo cherry


  • Pour everything except the Luxardo cherry into a cocktail shaker
  • Add ice and shake for about 10 seconds
  • Strain into a pre-chilled cocktail glass
  • Garnish with a Luxardo cherry

Many people hesitate before buying a bottle of crème de violette because they fear it will gather dust in their home-bar. True, the Aviation is the most popular cocktail featuring crème de violette, but there are other ways you could put this liqueur to good use.

For instance, why not add a pinch of crème de violette to your brunch-time bubbly? This liqueur adds an earthy touch to either Champagne or plain seltzer water. Many bartenders also say crème de violette works well in most sour cocktails like gin sours.

Beyond cocktails, crème de violette is a lovely addition to many baked goods. If you’re someone who loves baking cakes or muffins, why not sneak a tablespoon of crème de violette into your batter? This drink may wind up being your famous “secret ingredient.”

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