May 2014 - Aviation American Gin

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Frozen Watermelon Cooler

A quick cocktail for hot days, the Frozen Watermelson Cooler.



3 cubes Frozen watermelon
3 cubes Fresh watermelon
1 1/2 oz Aviation American Gin
  1. Cube the watermelon and freeze.
  2. Put the frozen and fresh cubes along with the gin into a blender and blend away.
  3. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
  • Depending on how you like the consistency of your drink you can add more or less frozen or fresh watermelon or more or less Aviation American Gin for that matter!
  • Be sure to pick out the seeds.
  • Try adding a mint leaf or perhaps an edible flower as a garnish
  • Consume whilst wearing pin curls and red lipstick

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– Tammy Beers, Finance


Boozy Parties – Part 1


Bar Set Up


Need an excuse for a party? I recently invited a few friends over to try my favorite cocktail made with three different spirits. The goal – determine which spirit worked best in a Bees Knees. Here’s how you can host your own version of this simple cocktail party.

  1. Select your base cocktail and spirits
  2. Prep your ingredients
  3. Provide a few palate cleansing snacks
  4. Set out some pens and score cards
  5. Shake up your cocktails
  6. Drink & score

Step 1


Spirit Selection


For this party, I chose to use Volstead Vodka, Aviation American Gin and Krogstad Aquavit as my three test spirits in a Bees Knees. I had a feeling they’d each work with my basic cocktail but are different enough in flavor profile. I selected the Bees Knees for my standard cocktail because it’s easy to make with only three ingredients and lemon juice & honey syrup goes with just about everything.

Step 2



Before the party started I prepped by ingredients by juicing fresh lemons, making honey syrup and slicing garnish. In total, I had enough cocktail makings for each guest to have at least three drinks.


Prep your garnish


Once your garnish, lemon juice and honey syrup are made your bar is basically done. All that’s left is setting out your bar tools. You’ll need a shaker set, jigger, strainer, fine strainer and glassware. All totaled, that’s about 10 minutes of prep.

Step 3


Palate cleansers

When tasting multiple drinks, you’ll need a few palate cleansers to help your guests refresh between each cocktail. Flavors can linger on the tongue and you’ll need something to clear those drink flavor notes away before rating the next drink  I served plain crackers, pickles and lemon sorbet. All three are known to help get your taste buds queued up to analyze their next sip.

Step 4



Figuring out which spirit is your favorite and comparing that to your friends is the best part of this party. I created these score cards on my computer. You can download the Cocktail Score Card here or make your own. Either way, you’ll need a way for everyone to capture their thoughts.


Step 5 


Drinks for scoring

I pre-poured the spirits into shakers so no one knew which drink had which spirit and then had my guests help me shake up the cocktails.


Step 6


Tasting & scoring

Once your cocktails are poured your work is over. The best part is, as the host you don’t have to go back into the kitchen. Each guest has three drinks at their finger tips and the food is out. All that’s left to do is rate the drinks and, of course, drink them.


– Kelly Sanders, Marketing Manager

Memorial Day Patio Party


Memorial Day kicks off the entirely too brief summer party season. It’s been a rough winter for most of us and it’s time to invite over some friends and hang out in the sunshine and make the most of is! Make the party easy on yourself and mix up some pitchers of our Beers Knees cocktails.

Beers Knees by the pitcher


  • 6 oz Aviation American Gin
  • 4 oz Freshly pressed lemon juice
  • 4 oz Honey syrup*
  • 12 oz Widmer Hefeweizen


1.In a pitcher, add spirits & mixers (through honey syrup)

2.Fill pitcher with ice and stir

3.Top with a bottle of Hefeweizen

4.Garnish with lemon slices

*To make honey syrup; combine equal parts honey to heated water and stir until honey is dissolved, let cool


– Meg Christensen

Through Rose-Colored Glasses

 rose ice
Add a bit of Spring to your cocktail by adding rose petal ice cubes.  They’re simple to make, edible, and lovely to look at.
  1. Start with distilled water (this makes the ice less cloudy).  If you don’t have distilled water, simply boil it and let it cool down.  Fill an ice tray halfway and freeze.
  2. Next take a small rosebud (you only need a few petals so no need to pick the biggest rose in your garden) and put one petal on each ice cube, cover with a teaspoon of water and freeze again.
  3. Lastly fill the tray all the way to the top and freeze for the third time.
Take special care to select a rose that has not been sprayed with any chemicals.
rose petals in ice cubes
These would be perfectly delicious looking in an Aviation American Gin Rose Lemonade.  Just mix 1 part gin to 3 parts Rose Lemonade (Fentiman’s Rose Lemonade is especially yummy) and add your ice cubes and voila!  Beauty in a glass.
other tips:  You may also want to try experimenting with other edible flowers like lilacs, lavender, jasmine, violets, dandelions or perhaps herbs.  If making ice cubes it too much of a chore simply float the petals on top for an equally nice touch.
– Tamara Beers, Finance

As Seen on TV

Big Bang Theory 5-8-14


Love the CBS show The Big Bang Theory? We do too and now, we love it even more. Check out the picture above to catch a glimpse of the Aviation bottle on it’s first TV appearance.

Grilling – A Pineapple Cocktail


The warm weather inspires grilling and while I love tossing pizzas, hamburgers and veggies on the grill, my world revolves around cocktails. With a pineapple in one hand and a passion of Aviation based drinks in the other, I got to work this last sunny weekend on a Grilled Pineapple Southside. The beauty of the Southside is it’s easy to add in almost any fruit and herbs to make a new version of a classically great drink and make it your home signature cocktail. Try my drink below or experiment with what you have on hand, like peaches, watermelon or plums.

Grilled Pineapple Southside

Step 1 – Cut your pineapple into grillable strips

Pineapple 1


Step 2 – Grill on all sides until you get tasty grill marks on your pineapple



Step 3 – Cut pineapple into 1 inch chunks and then follow the recipe below.


  • 2 oz Aviation American Gin
  • 3/4 oz Freshly pressed lemon juice
  • 2 chunks Grilled pineapple
  • 6 leaves Mint
  • 3/4 oz Simple syrup
  1. In a pint glass, muddle the mint leaves and pineapple chunks
  2. Add spirits & mixers
  3. Fill with ice & shake vigorously
  4. Fine strain into a cocktail glass
  5. Garnish with a mint sprig and a pineapple chunk

Happy grilling!

– Kelly Sanders, Marketing Manager

The Blazers


The Blazers need all our support for this next playoff game. We will be shouting our Rip City pride tonight in this critical game 4.

How to watch a Blazer in Oregon fashion:

4 oz Simple syrup
24 dashes of Regan’s Orange Bitters
12 Dashes Peychaud’s bitters
Mix everything together and serve on the rocks. Try experimenting with different bitter combos, or add in a few dashes of Boker’s.
A uniquely Oregon take on the classic Old Fashioned and a perfect thing to sip on during the game!
– Jay Henningfeld, Oregon Sales Rep

The Mothers Behind Aviation

This coming Sunday we will be raising our glasses to our moms here at the distillery. Join us and celebrate your mom this weekend with a delicious cocktail. We have plenty of drink ideas for any mom’s taste. Check them out here and pick one to make for you mom.

Brooke, Director of On Premise Outreach and Education, and her mother
Amy, Director of Marketing, and her mother
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Meg, Division Manager – East, and her mother
Claire, Brand Supporter – East, and her mother
Tammy, Finance, and her mother
Rich and Mom
Rich, Brand Supporter – Arizona, and his mother
Kelly and Mom
Kelly, Marketing Manager, and her mother
Mother's Day
Richelle, Retail Manager, and her mother



Botanicals 101 – Lavender

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I am often asked the origin of the name “Aviation American Gin”. The name was inspired by the Aviation Cocktail, that quintessential New York City concoction that typifies all that was great and good about the Golden Age of cocktails in America (c. 1880-1920). One of the original ingredients of an Aviation Cocktail, that was omitted in subsequent versions, was Creme de Violette, or violet liqueur. So in concieving and creating Aviation American Gin, we always had in mind that it should above all else, make a fantastic Aviation Cocktail, and since Creme de Violette is hard to come by we decided to add a floral note to our new gin. Thats how lavender made it into the botanical blend: it has a nice floral note reminiscent of violet.

The lavender also contributes an herbal/earthy quality that lends to the versatility and mixability of Aviation American Gin.I find this especially to be the case when using lemon juice (remember, always use freshly squeezed juices).

You can best pick up the lavender flavor when tasting Aviation American Gin neat, look for it on the nose but also for its earthy/rosemary flavor on the palate.


  • 1 1/2 oz Aviation American Gin
  • 1 tsp Crème de violette
  • 1/2 oz Maraschino Liqueur
  • 3/4 oz Freshly pressed lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz Simple syrup
  1. In a pint glass, add spirits & mixers
  2. Fill with ice & shake vigorously
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  4. Garnish with a cherry on a pick


-Christian Krogstad, Founder

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