Monthly Archives: April 2014
Cinco De Mayo holds a special place in my heart. Living in Central Texas its easy to get into the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, our cities and our culture are heavily influenced by Latino culture. In Austin you’ll often find austinites and tourists both attending tejano live shows. One of the more popular ones is held at the White Horse every Sunday.
This year marks the 5th anniversary of the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, one of the pre-eminent cocktail festivals of the year. Bartenders and consumers alike flock to New York City from around the country and the world to imbibe, mingle and learn.
The 5-day festival kicks off with an opulent gala at the stunning New York Public Library, featuring performances by Big Boi, DJ Questlove and AndrewAndrew as guests enjoy cocktails from some of the best bartenders in the world. The following days include cocktail safaris, hands-on workshops, parties and much more held at the best bars New York has to offer, such as Death & Co., Pouring Ribbons, The Dead Rabbit and Employees Only to name a few.
MCC also hosts the Industry Invitational for bartenders and other industry members, with seminars from some of the luminaries of the spirits world, including our very own Ryan Magarian, Christian Krogstad and Brooke Arthur who will be discussing The Development and History of Our Palate.
Whether you are a bartender or just a cocktail aficionado, MCC has something for everyone.
– Claire Bertin-Lang, Brand Suporter New York
It’s true. You can make a wide variety of cocktails out of one bottle of Aviation American Gin, but just how many of those drinks will one bottle get you? Well that all depends on how stiff you pour your drinks.
The average cocktail call for between 1 ½ oz and 2 oz of Aviation American Gin. Given that each bottle holds 750 ml or approximately 25.5 ounces, that will give you between 12 and 17 cocktails per tasty bottle. Not bad, considering a bottle of wine gives you about 4 glasses. Now, all you need to do is figure out what you’re going to make. Luckily, you can find a large selection of scrumptious cocktails to explore here.
You’ve mastered another delicious dinner but you’re at a standstill when it comes to the perfectly paired libation – sound familiar? We’re getting back to the roots for our take on the newest trend in craft cocktails: Garden to Glass!
When cooking with classic root vegetables and herbs – think yellow bell peppers, celery, cherry tomatoes, and fennel – keep your shaker handy and Aviation close by, we’re showing you how ‘produce’ the tastiest veggie-inspired cocktails.
Check out a few our favorite garden to glass creations below:
⅓ pint glass full of fresh mint
2 oz Aviation American Gin
¾ oz Freshly pressed lime juice
¾ oz Grade A maple syrup
¾ oz Freshly extracted yellow bell pepper juice
In a pint glass, add spirits & mixers. Fill with ice. Shake vigorously. Fin strain into a ice filled glass. Garnish with bell pepper slice & mint garnish
1 thin Serrano chili slice
2 oz Aviation American Gin
3/4 oz Freshly pressed lime juice
1 oz Freshly extracted celery juice
3/4 oz Simple syrup
In a pint glass, combine spirits & mixers. Add ice. Shake vigorously. Fine strain into a martini glass. Garnish with upside down celery leaves on the rim of the glass.
1 1/2 oz Volstead Vodka
1/4 oz Pernod Absinthe
1/2 oz Freshly pressed lime juice
3 oz Freshly pressed fennel juice
1/4 oz Simple syrup
In a pint glass, add spirits & mixers. Add ice. Shake vigorously. Fine strain into a cocktial glass. Garnish with a star anise pod.
Spring has finally finally arrived and with the sun, has come the opportunity to combine two of my favorite activities; Cocktails and Lawn Games. There are few things that I enjoy more that whipping up a batch of Gin Rickey’s and inviting friends over to play croquet in the yard. It is a great way to shake off those winter doldrums and get your friends together for good old fashioned fun!
– Richelle Thorpe, Retail Manager
Wine Enthusiast awarded Aviation American Gin with 97 points and ranked it in the Top 50 Spirits. This happens to be the highest rated gin as well as the highest rated cocktail spirit. We are very proud and honored to have received this score. It only proves what we have thought all along…Aviation American Gin is the TOP GIN!
– Amy Yukas, Director of Marketing
You may want to skip the garnish when you’re making cocktails but it’s part of the taste and smell of your drink. I love a festive garnish, such as little American Flags on the Fourth of July, but I prefer naturally made and edible ones. One of my favorite cocktails is a Gin Daisy and it pairs well with an orange skin rosette garnish. Of course many other cocktails, such as an Orange Blossom, benefit wonderfully from an orange skin rosette. For easy to follow directions on how to make one at home go here. There are also instructions for making orange skin stars; another fun garnish to play around with.
-Christina, Tasting Room Representative
Our Founder, Christian Krogstad, recently visited the set of NBC’s New Day Northwest in Seattle to share some veggie inspired cocktails. Watch this video and learn how to convert your garden vegetables into delicious cocktails.
While in many parts of the country there is still a chill in the air and snow on the ground, spring is just around the corner and along with it a new crop of ingredients to use in your cocktails. You can see what is in season near where you live by checking out a site like Field to Plate and make a simple spring Collins. In a mixing glass, muddle fresh fruit of your choice or garden herbs like parsley or cilantro with 1 oz fresh lemon juice and ¾ oz simple syrup. Add 2 oz Aviation American Gin and shake. Strain into a tall glass and top with club soda and fruit or citrus garnish of your choice.
Looking to be a little more adventurous? Here are two more drink suggestions for spring.
April Showers – for when it’s drizzling out and you want something comforting and boozy, try a Poet’s Dream (originally from the Café Royale Cocktail Book, 1937), a riff on a classic wet Martini: Combine 2 oz Aviation American Gin, ¾ oz quality dry vermouth (such as Dolin), ¼ oz Benedictine and 2 dashes orange bitters and stir for 25-30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon peel.
May Flowers – for when the sun is out and the weather has finally warmed and you want something refreshing to sip on, go for a Bird of Paradise Fizz. Shake 1 ½ oz Aviation American Gin, 1 oz fresh lemon juice, ¼ oz grenadine or blackberry liqueur, ½ oz simple syrup and 1 egg white in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a highball glass over ice and top with soda and an edible flower garnish.
– Claire Bertin-Lang, Brand Supporter, New York
With the arrival of our April issue of GQ Magazine in the mail, we quickly flipped to page 80 to find our glamor shot. Calling Aviation American Gin a “cocktail-perfect reason to care what the bartender puts into your Collins,” we couldn’t be more thrilled. Take a look below, or better yet, grab a copy from the news stands. We couldn’t be more honored to share this American rebellion with such fine products.