June 2013 - Aviation American Gin

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Week 5 Winner

Week 5 Winner

Week 5 of our Show Us Your Cocktail Art Photo Contest has come to a close. That means, there’s one more week to get your cocktail photos in for a chance to win a trip for two to Portland with hotel, airfare, dinners and a personal distillery tour.

Congratulations to Raul from Massachusetts for his winning entry in last weeks contest.

Enter your pictures here for a chance to win like Raul.

Happy cocktailing!

Winner of Week 4

With two weeks left to get your picture in to our photo contest, we’ve been sifting though the great entries already submitted. This week’s theme is Aviation Gin-Inspired Cocktails. That means, round up your favorite gin cocktail ingredients, or hit the bar, and have a great drink. Just don’t forget to snap a picture first. You can enter here.

The winner of week 4’s photo contest is Christina from Phoenix. Congratulations!

Notable Bartender


What’s your name? Rich T Heider II

When did you start with HSD? I started at HSD in February 2013

What’s your territory? Arizona

Favorite HSD product? This must be a trick question. I love ALL the HSD products, but I’ll tell you my favorite way to drink each one! Westward, on 1 large ice cube.  Coffee Liqueur, straight.  Aquavit, in a North Side cocktail (south side with Aquavit instead of gin).  Gamle Aquavit, neat. Last but not least, Aviation. I like it in gin and tonics, it goes great in Last Words, French 75’s, negronis and anything with citrus.
Where did you get your bartending skills?  I started at Dave & Buster’s and got my volume/speed there. I moved to the cocktail side when Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric of Employees Only came out and trained us when I opened J&G Steakhouse at the Phoenician. I’ve been hooked ever since, and try to pick up ideas and skills from all the amazing bartenders I’ve been fortunate to work with, since.
Southwest Cooler
Aviation American Gin Southest Cooler

  • 1.5 OZ Aviation American Gin
  • .5 OZ Freshly pressed lemon juice
  • .5 OZ Simple syrup
  • .25 OZ Prickly pear
  • Pinch of mint
In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients. Add ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a Collins glass.Top with club soda. Garnish with Mint Sprig and a lemon twist.

Week 3 – Photo Contest Winner

Aviation American Gin

This week’s Show Us Your Cocktail Art photo contest theme was “Cocktails and Friends.” Whether they were  going out to happy hour with friends or having some pals over for drinks, fans from all over the US of A snapped photos of their favorite Aviation American Gin cocktails. As always, there were many great entries but only one could win the weekly prize. The winner – Danielle from LA.

If you want a chance to win, just like Danielle,  grab your camera and a cocktail. This week’s theme is Creatively Garnished Cocktails. From mini burgers to sparklers, we can’t wait to see what people come up with! To enter, visit us here. Make sure to come back each Wednesday for new themes and a new chance to win.

The Grand prize winner will be announced July 10th.

Happy cocktailing.

Dads and Dogs



How do you celebrate the best dad in Portland? Need Saturday plans? Want to drink a great cocktail? You can do all three by bringing your dad to The Distillery for the annual Dads and Dogs event.

This year’s event will feature Olympic Provision hot dogs, the release of Volstead Vodka, bottle signing by Aviation American Gin founder Ryan Magarian, cocktails and free ice cream. Spend the day sitting in the sun celebrating your favorite dad with booze, hot dogs and sunshine (we hope!).

If you love your dog as much as your dad, bring Spot along too. Your pet dogs are welcome! Admission is free!

The Details
Location: 2025 SE 7th Ave, PDX, OR 97214
Date: Saturday, June 15, 2013
Time: Noon – 5:00pm

Week 2 – Photo Contest Winner

Aviation American Gin Week 2 Winner

Looking at cocktail pictures has never been so fun. Week 2 of our photo contest has come to a close and a winner has been selected. Jaclyn of Chicago won for “Colorful Cocktails.” She will be receiving a Aviation Swag Bag in the mail.

This week’s theme is “Cocktails with Friends.” So meet a friend at the bar or have some buds over for a cocktail. Snap a pic and submit it for a chance to win weekly swag bags and the grand prize.

All entries from past weeks remain in the running for the Cocktail Lover’s Grand Prize of a trip for 2 to Portland, Oregon, complete with hotel, dinners and a tour of our distillery. Make sure to visit Aviation Gin’s Facebook page for new themes and chances to win. Learn all the details here.

Happy cocktailing!

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