Cocktail Time: The Deviation

I was sitting in a restaurant in Malmö, Sweden when I first tasted a version of the aviation cocktail. The food at Mrs. Brown’s was incredible, alive with just-harvested flavor and fresh from the ocean seafood. The ambiance was everything I could ask for as the sun lingered at the edge of the sky on the longest day of the year. Honestly, the entire trip was perfection.

But the thing I remember the most? My first sip of this drink. I can still taste it. It’s sweet at first, but then it has a ginny pop of spruce and citrus that eases into the mellow fruit of the maraschino liqueur. Unlike the original aviation, this drink had a few twists to it – like egg whites to add a bit of foam – hence: the deviation.

The aviation cocktail was a classic gin sipper that was popular in the early 1900s. It faded from bars until recently, as gin made its triumphant comeback.

When I settled back at home, I got right away to figuring out how to make my own version. Actually, my husband put in the leg work, I did the drinking. It’s a difficult job and all that. After a few months, we nailed it. It isn’t quite the same as the cocktail we had in Sweden, but even better, I’d say. And it won’t cost you $20 plus tip.

I particularly love serving this drink as an after dinner cocktail because it’s so beautiful and makes a lovely dessert. Of course we use Aviation gin, because obviously.

Deviation Ingredients:

  • 2 shots of gin
  • 1 shot of Creme de Violette
  • 1 shot maraschino liquor
  • 2 shots lemon juice
  • 2 egg whites


Mix all the ingredients together in a shaker with ice and give a good shake to generate some foam. Top with a maraschino cherry.

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