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Takumi's Aviation

Takumi's Aviation

ABV 27% / 2.5 alcoholic units

Primary spirit: Gin

A Brief History of Takumi's Aviation

Takumi's Aviation pays homage to the classic Aviation cocktail, which dates back to the early 20th century. The original Aviation featured gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, and lemon juice. Over time, variations have emerged, and Takumi's version brings a modern touch to this timeless classic, infusing it with a contemporary flair that reflects the artistry of the craft.

Taste and Flavour Profile

Takumi's Aviation delights the palate with a harmonious blend of flavors:

  • Floral Symphony: Crisp and floral gin takes centre stage, providing a botanical backbone to the cocktail.
  • Citrus Elevation: Fresh lemon juice adds a zesty and tangy kick, enhancing the drink's vibrancy.
  • Cherry Blossom Bliss: Maraschino liqueur and a touch of Parfait Amour liqueur contribute subtle sweetness and floral notes, creating a nuanced flavour profile.
  • Balanced Complexity: Takumi's Aviation achieves a delicate balance, ensuring each ingredient plays a role in the cocktail's overall symphony of taste.

The result is a cocktail that soars with sophistication, offering a delightful journey for the senses.

 Food Pairings

Takumi's Aviation's nuanced flavours make it a splendid companion to a variety of dishes:

  • Sushi and Sashimi: The floral and citrus notes complement the delicate flavours of sushi and sashimi, creating a harmonious pairing.
  • Citrus-Glazed Seafood: Serve alongside citrus-infused seafood dishes for a delightful interplay of flavours.
  • Lemon-Infused Desserts: Pair with lemon-based desserts like a light lemon tart or lemon sorbet to enhance the citrus elements in the cocktail.

Bar Equipment

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Coupe glass 
  • Jigger
  • Hawthorne strainer
  • Fine mesh sieve


  • 45ml Gin
  • 15ml Maraschino Liqueur
  • 5ml Parfait Amour liqueur*
  • 10ml Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Garnish: Lemon twist/maraschino cherry

*Parfait Amour liqueur vs. Creme de Violette

Creme de Violette is more one-dimensional because it's based on violets only, whereas Parfait Amour has a more complex flavour profile with notes of vanilla, spice and citrus.


  • Add all the ingredients with ice into the shaker and shake until well cooled
  • Double strain into a chilled coupe glass
  • Garnish with a lemon twist or maraschino cherry

What's the best Gin for Takumi's Aviation cocktail?

Selecting the best gin for Takumi's Aviation cocktail involves choosing a gin that complements the drink's floral and citrus notes while allowing the nuanced flavours to shine. Here are some recommended gins that work well in this context:

  • Bombay Sapphire: This classic London Dry gin offers a well-balanced blend of botanicals, including juniper, lemon peel, and coriander. It provides a crisp and versatile base for Takumi's Aviation
  • Hendrick's: Infused with rose and cucumber, Hendrick's Gin adds a unique floral dimension to the cocktail. Its subtle sweetness and botanical complexity contribute to the overall elegance of the drink.
  • Tanqueray No. Ten: A premium gin, Tanqueray No. Ten features fresh citrus notes and a botanical blend that includes chamomile flowers. Its bright and vibrant profile complements the citrus elements in the cocktail.
  • Aviation American Gin: Given its name, Aviation American Gin naturally aligns with the Aviation cocktail family. Crafted with botanicals like lavender, cardamom, and sarsaparilla, it provides a contemporary twist to the classic Aviation.

Ultimately, the best gin for Takumi's Aviation is a matter of personal preference. Consider whether you prefer a classic London Dry gin, a contemporary gin with additional botanicals, or a gin with a specific flavour profile that resonates with your taste preferences. Experimenting with different gins allows you to tailor the cocktail to your liking and discover your ideal combination of flavours.

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