Arte De Volar Recipe

A version of the Aviation Cocktail recipe, made with tequila.
Arte de Volar recipe, a tequila cocktail by Simon Difford







A deep rich sky blue colour, and floral lavender and violet notes.

The Arte de Volar recipe, based on the more well known Aviation cocktail recipe, is divisive to some.

However, we love it and think it’s well worth adding to your handy list of easy cocktails to make at home.

What is the Arte de Volar cocktail?

The Arte de Volar recipe is a variation on the famous Aviation cocktail.

Created by famous drinks writer Simon Difford, the recipe uses tequila instead of gin.

In a nod to the original title, “Arte de Volar” is Spanish for ‘Art of Flying’.

It’s a sweet drink, with the violet liqueur nicely balancing the sharp citrus which comes from the lime juice.

How to make the Arte de Volar recipe


60ml Tequila Blanco
7.5ml Crème de Violette Liqueur
7.5ml Lavender Syrup
2.5ml Sugar Syrup
20ml Lime Juice


Firstly chill a coupe cocktail glass.

Add your ingredients to a cocktail shaker.

Add ice and shake well, then strain into the glass.


Lime twist

Which tequila should I use in the Arte de Volar recipe?

Tequila is an alcoholic spirit, made from the agave plant.

There are different types of tequila, with the Arte de Volar recipe made with blanco (white) tequila.

Blanco tequila, which is also known as silver tequila is usually bottled as soon as it’s distilled.

This gives the spirit a crisp and clear taste, which allows the other flavours in the Arte de Volar recipe to shine through.

How to make Lavender Syrup?

You can buy lavender syrup from many online retailers, though making your own syrups is a fun cocktail technique to learn.

First, you’ll need to learn how to make simple or sugar syrup.

What cocktails can you make with Tequila?

There are many other great tequila cocktail recipes, such as Mexico’s unofficial national cocktail, the Paloma recipe.