Deviation Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:25

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Deviation cocktail is a modern creation, inspired by the classic Aviation cocktail. It was created by a bartender who wanted to experiment with the traditional recipe and introduce new flavors. The result was a unique cocktail that deviates from the norm, hence the name 'Deviation'.

  • Who would like it?

    If you're a fan of the Aviation cocktail or enjoy gin-based drinks, you'll likely enjoy the Deviation. It's also a great choice for anyone looking to try something new and different.

How Deviation Tastes?

The Deviation cocktail is a complex blend of flavors. It's slightly sweet, with a hint of sourness from the lemon juice. The gin provides a strong, juniper-forward base, while the maraschino liqueur adds a touch of sweetness. The crème de violette gives it a floral note, making it a well-rounded and balanced cocktail.

Interesting facts about Deviation

  • The Deviation cocktail is a twist on the classic Aviation cocktail.
  • It gets its name from the fact that it deviates from the traditional Aviation recipe.
  • Despite its modern origins, it has quickly become a popular choice among cocktail enthusiasts.


A few good options for Deviation are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

Learn everything on which Gin to choose


Used as the cocktail's base, gin contributes its herbal and juniper notes which form the backbone of the Deviation. If you skimp on the gin: your cocktail might resemble an awkward silence - noticeable and flat. An alternative could be vodka if you're after a less characterful base, rendering the drink more subtle.

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Lemon Juice:

This brings the zesty zest. Without the proper amount, the cocktail could either turn into a tart-tongue contest or a bland affair. Balance is key, as with life and cocktail making.

Alex Green

Maraschino Liqueur:

The sweet, subtle almond-flavor counters the acidity and adds complexity. Go overboard and you’ll feel like you’re kissing a cherry tree – not a peck, but a full embrace. If out, consider a dash of almond extract as a stand-in to maintain some nuttiness.

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Crème de Violette:

The floral whisper in this libation. Miss out on it, and you'll miss the magic carpet ride over a violet field. Violet syrup can be a stand-in, but imagine riding a unicycle instead – it’s close but not quite the same.

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It's the 'tuxedo' on this 'drink-tail'. A cocktail without garnish is well… just as a joke without a punchline. If cherries have gone on holiday, a twist of lemon peel can play understudy.

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Recipe. How to make Deviation Drink

  1. Chill a cocktail glass in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the gin, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur, and crème de violette to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  3. Shake well for about 15 seconds until well chilled.
  4. Strain the mixture into the chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with a cherry.

Pro Tips

Make sure to use a high-quality gin for the best flavor.

  • Don't overdo it with the crème de violette, as it can easily overpower the other flavors.

Perfect Pairings


  • Savory Canapes: The botanicals in the gin along with the sharpness of lemon would pair well with small savory bites like canapes.
  • Seafood: Try it with oysters or other shellfish to complement the floral notes of the crème de violette.
  • Cheese: A cheese board featuring mild-soft cheeses such as goat cheese or brie can also work.


  • Lemon Tart: The citrus in the cocktail can bring out the tart's flavors.
  • Almond Biscotti: The maraschino liqueur's almond notes could match well with biscotti.

Other Drinks

  • Iced Tea: Non-alcoholic iced teas, particularly those with lavender or citrus notes, make a refreshing counterpoint.

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What you could change in Deviation

If you don't have crème de violette, you can substitute it with another floral liqueur.

  • You can use lime juice instead of lemon juice for a different flavor profile.

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Deviation Royale

Ingredients: 2 oz Gin, 0.75 oz Lemon Juice, 0.5 oz Maraschino Liqueur, 0.25 oz Crème de Violette, Champagne Recipe: Follow the Deviation cocktail recipe, but top the drink with Champagne. Flavor Shift: Adds a fizzy lift to the drink and an element of decadence.

Summer Breeze Deviation

Ingredients: 1.5 oz Gin, 1 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice, 0.5 oz Maraschino Liqueur, 0.25 oz Elderflower Liqueur Recipe: Swap out the lemon juice and crème de violette for grapefruit and elderflower liqueur. Taste Difference: This offers a brighter, more summery profile with floral nuances courtesy of the elderflower.

Twilight Deviation

Ingredients: 2 oz Gin, 0.5 oz Lemon Juice, 0.75 oz Blue Curaçao, 0.25 oz Crème de Violette, Edible Glitter Recipe: Increase blue curaçao dosage and infuse the shaker ice with edible glitter. The Mystique Touch: Dive into an enchanting twilight zone with a mesmerizing bluish hue and a sparkle that suggests a starlit sky.

In case you forgot basics how to make Deviation

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

Learn everything on how to shake

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

Learn everything on how to strain

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Deviation

What type of gin works best in a Deviation cocktail?

A high-quality, juniper forward gin works best in a Deviation cocktail. However, you can experiment with different gins to find a flavor profile that suits your taste.

What's the best way to get a chilled cocktail glass?

You can chill a cocktail glass by filling it with ice and water and letting it sit for a few minutes. Dump out the ice water right before you're ready to pour your cocktail.

Can I use other fruits for garnish in a Deviation cocktail?

Cherry is the most common garnish for a Deviation cocktail, but you can experiment with other fruits like lemon or lime peel to add a different twist.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Deviation cocktail?

There is no specific non-alcoholic version of the Deviation cocktail, but you could experiment with substituting the gin with non-alcoholic gin, and the Maraschino Liqueur with cherry syrup.

What's the ideal setting to enjoy a Deviation cocktail?

The Deviation cocktail is a sophisticated drink and can be enjoyed in a variety of settings. It's great for cocktail parties, as a pre-dinner aperitif, or as a relaxing evening drink.

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