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Takumi’s Aviation

Best Aviation Recipe

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Best Aviation Recipe

Takumi's Aviation Cocktail Recipe

Gary Regan was a well known and highly respected member of the bartending community. He stated that only two cocktails he had tasted in his entire life had made such long-lasting impressions. Takumi Watanabe, a Japanese bartender at The Sailing Bar, is responsible for one of those moments. Gary referred to Takumi's Aviation as "the very best Aviation cocktail I’ve ever encountered."
It was during a Diageo cocktail competition in Athens back in 2010 when Gary Regan tried Takumi's Aviation. Takumi didn't have access to Creme de Violette so he substituted this key Aviation ingredient with Parfait Amour which is often made with a curacao base and features orange and vanilla notes rather than the more floral violet liqueur.
3.12 from 34 votes


  • 45 mL Tanqueray No. TEN gin or Threefold Aromatic Gin}
  • 15 mL Giffard Maraschino Liqueur
  • 1 Barspoon Marie Brizard Parfait Amour
  • 10 mL Fresh Lemon Juice


  • Combine all the ingredients into your cocktail shaker
  • Shake with ice
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  • Garnish with a twist of lemon
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