July 2014 - Aviation American Gin

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NFL Pre-season Kickoff

This Sunday is the kickoff of the 2014 NFL pre-season, aka, the start of one of the best seasons of the year. Do you know how we’ll be celebrating? Drinking great cocktails with close friends, in our favorite jerseys, of course. Whether you support Superbowl XLVIII champs, the Seattle Seahawks, the NY Giants, or any team in-between, the start of pre-season is definitely celebration worthy. We suggest you invite a few friends over for game day food and any of these pre-made, big-batch cocktails!

Have a happy NFL season!

Kick off your day with some celebration worthy, summery punch:

Cele-Berry Punch

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Ingredients
  • 12 oz Aviation American Gin
  • 4 oz Cointreau
  • 6 oz Freshly pressed lemon juice
  • 24 Blueberries
  • 24 Blackberries
  • 8 Strawberries
  • 4 oz Simple syrup
  • 16 oz Soda water
Preparation
  1. In a large container muddle the berries
  2. Add spirits and mixers (through simple syrup)
  3. Mix well with a large spoon and fine strain into a separate container
  4. Cover and cool
  5. When ready to serve, pour punch over large block of ice* and add soda water
  6. Garnish with mixed berries and mint
  7. *To make ice: freeze water in an appropriate size tupperware container 24 hours in advance

Serves 8

Or try this football inspired cocktail

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Photo by Patrick Ortiz

Ingredients
Preparation
  1. Mix gin and mixers in a large container
  2. Fill serving pitcher with ice
  3. Pour mixture into serving pitcher
  4. Garnish each individual cocktail with a large basil sprig

Serves 8

-Alex Hutchinson, Marketing Intern

Party Ready Bottle and Pitcher Cocktails

Be the MVP at your next BBQ – this is by far the easiest way to create and transport drinks that aren’t your booze-filled watermelon standby. We’re talking pre-mixed bottled negronis, lavender lemonade and pitcher cocktails without any of the fuss at all – or having to pitch yourself as the weekend-long bartender.

So whether you’re the host, the chef or the guest here are your go-to you’re-in-charge-of-cocktails cocktails! This is how you upgrade summer.

BOTTLED AVIATION NEGRONI

In a mixing glass, combine spirits & mixers. Stir. Bottle and cap. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Makes one 8 oz bottle.

 

TILT A WHEEL

  • 1 oz Aviation American Gin
  • 1 oz Sauvignon Blanc
  • 3/4 oz Freshly pressed grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 oz Freshly pressed lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz Vanilla syrup*

In a mixing bowl, combine spirits & mixers. Stir. Fine strain into a serving pitcher filled with ice. Garnish with grapefruit discs sliced in half.

* Vanilla Syrup: in a saucepan bring one cup of water to a simmer. Add one cup of sugar and stir until dissolved. Add three vanilla beans (split vertically) and lower stove to medium heat. Cook for approx 20 min, stirring occasionally. When desired vanilla flavor is reached, remove from heat and strain into a jar. Refrigerate and use within two weeks.

 

LAVENDER LEMONADE

  • 2 oz Aviation American Gin
  • 3/4 oz Lavender infused honey syrup*
  • 1 oz Freshly pressed lemon juice
  • 1 oz Soda water

In a mixing bowl, combine spirits & mixers. Stir. Fine strain into a serving pitcher filled with ice. Garnish with lemon wheels and lavender blossoms.

* Lavender infused honey syrup:  in a saucepan bring one cup of water to a simmer. Add one cup of honey and stir until dissolved. Add one tablespoon dried lavender and lower stove to medium heat. Let simmer for approximately 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and strain into a jar. Refrigerate and use within two weeks.

 

BEERS KNEES

In a pint glass, add spirits and mixers. Fill with ice and shake vigorously. Fine strain into a chilled collins glass with or without ice. Top with Hefeweizen. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

-The Aviation Team

Aviation American Gin Lemon Sorbet

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Growing up I spent a lot of summers at my grandmother’s home, swimming in her pool and watching her tend her tomato plants.  My favorite activity would always come a bit later in the day when she would ask for my help with making fresh lemon sorbet.  Nothing was more satisfying than that cold, fruity treat melting in my mouth on a hot summer day.  As an adult now, I have come to reinvent her recipe and make the sorbet a little more exciting with the addition of Aviation American Gin and dried lavender.  If you have an ice cream maker this is a must have lemon sorbet recipe.  See below.

Ingredients:

Zest of 2 lemons

2 cups water

1 cup sugar

1 T dried lavender

¾ cup lemon juice

¼ cup Aviation American Gin

½ cup sparkling water

Preparation:

In a saucepan, combine the lemon zest, water, sugar and dried lavender. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 5 minutes. Cool. Add lemon juice, gin and sparkling water. Stir. Pour into an ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s instructions. Enjoy!

-Christina Shapalis, Assistant retail manager

 

Cocktails: The Camping Edition

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Recently I was introduced to a kitchen accessory that I had been using for years without knowing it had a cocktail application. An item so simple and everyday, I had never thought of using it for shaking cocktails while in the wilderness; The mason jar. 

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Simply add your ingredients plus ice and shake, shake, shake, then top with the carbonated beverage of your choice. It is instantly refreshing and especially good for summertime drinks with herbs and fruit. Muddling fresh herbs too much can give off very astringent flavors, while vigorously shaking gives off the only the fragrant essential oils that you want. You can get creative and through in your favorite fruit-herb combinations for maximum deliciousness. Think: peach/mint, cucumber/basil, pineapple/sage.
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I made my camping version of an Aviation Southside; Aviation, Lemon slices, Mint, a spoon-full of sugar, and ice, closed the lid and gave it a good frosty shake.  And just to make it more refreshing, topped it off with some soda water. Delicious!
Cheers and happy trails!
– Richelle Thorpe, Retail Manager

DIY – Cocktail Cherries

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I was recently inspired by a Liquor.com article featuring Daniel Shoemaker’s delicious brandied cherries. With my love for DIY projects and my sincere dedication to the art of cocktails, I spent a Sunday making his recipe. Give it a try and use them as a garnish in an Aviation Cocktail or as a homemade gift. Not a bad way to spend the afternoon!

 

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Try the Aviation Cocktail garnished with your homemade cherries.

The Aviation Cocktail

Ingredients
  • 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
Preparation
  1. In a pint glass, add spirits & mixers
  2. Fill with ice & shake vigorously
  3. Fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  4. Garnish with a brandied cherry on a pick

 

-Alex Hutchinson, Marketing Intern

 

Summer Cocktail – Aloe Vera

Need a night cap after a long day in the summer sun? Try this aloe vera inspired cocktail.
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The Dessert Rose
1.5 oz Aviation American Gin
1 oz Freshly watermelon juice
0.5 oz Freshly pressed lime juice
0.5 oz Simple syrup
Rosemary Garnish

Happy Bastille Day

Along the lines of “any reason for a party” and the fact that we love the notion of  independence, I’m getting ready to celebrate Bastille Day this July 14th.

Called “Fete National,” Bastille Day is celebrated in France each year to commemorate the beginning of the French Revolution. They say that Bastille Day should  be “celebrated with all the brilliance that their local resources allow.” Aviation American Gin happens to have lavender sourced from France as one of it’s seven botanicals. In my book, that’s reason enough to whip up a batch of Hot Fun in the Summertime and raise a glass to independence.

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2014 FIFA World Cup Final

As the 2014 FIFA World Cup comes to a close we mourn the loss of the USA to Belgium. Although we can’t show our pride for team USA in the final game, decked out in our red, white, and blue, we will definitely be cheering come this Sunday. Why? To celebrate the month we’ve spent watching the World Cup, and because why not drink delicious cocktails inspired by the competing teams on a Sunday afternoon? Here’s what we’ll be making to cheer on Argentina and Germany in the final game this Sunday.

Argentina– What’s better with a giant slab of Argentinian steak than the refreshing taste of watermelon (and gin, of course)?

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Watermelon Cucumber Cooler

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 oz Aviation American Gin
  • 3/4 oz Freshly pressed lime juice
  • 2 slices Cucumber
  • 3 cubes Watermelon
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1/2 oz Simple syrup
  • 1 1/2 oz Soda water
Preparation
  1. In a pint glass, muddle the watermelon cubes, fine strain and reserve
  2. In a pint glass, muddle cucumber slices
  3. Add spirits & mixers (through simple syrup)
  4. Fill with ice & shake vigorously
  5. Fine strain into an ice filled collins glass
  6. Top with soda water
  7. Garnish with a cucumber slice

Germany – In honor of a country known for their beer, we thought we’d mix a very German style beer with our very American gin.

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Honey Beer
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 oz Aviation American Gin
  • 1/2 oz Bénédictine
  • 3/4 oz Freshly pressed lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz Honey syrup*
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters
  • 2 oz Widmer Hefeweizen
Preparation
  1. In a pint glass, add spirits & mixers (through Angostura Bitters)
  2. Fill with ice & shake vigorously
  3. Fine strain into an ice filled highball glass
  4. Top with Hefeweizen
  5. Garnish with a lemon wedge
  6. *To make honey syrup; combine equal parts honey to heated water and stir until honey is dissolved, let cool

-Alex Hutchinson, Marketing Intern

Happy 4th of July from Aviation American Gin

What better way to entertain your guests on this holiday than to wow them with some fancy drinks made with AMERICAN GIN?! Below are some recipes we love.

Hint: For red use Campari bitter liqueur, for blue use Blue Curacao!

Happy celebrating!!

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Apple Ginger Mule (Brooke Arthur)             

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 oz Aviation American Gin
  • 4 chunks Sweet apple
  • 3/4 oz Freshly pressed lime juice
  • 1 oz Simple syrup
  • 2 oz Ginger beer
Preparation
  1. In a pint glass, muddle the sweet apple chunks
  2. Add spirits & mixers (through simple syrup)
  3. Fill with ice & shake vigorously
  4. Fine strain into an ice filled collins glass
  5. Top with ginger beer
  6. Garnish with an apple slice

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Watermelon Cucumber Cooler

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 oz Aviation American Gin
  • 3/4 oz Freshly pressed lime juice
  • 2 slices Cucumber
  • 3 cubes Watermelon
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1/2 oz Simple syrup
  • 1 1/2 oz Soda water
Preparation
  1. In a pint glass, muddle the watermelon cubes, fine strain and reserve
  2. In a pint glass, muddle cucumber slices
  3. Add spirits & mixers (through simple syrup)
  4. Fill with ice & shake vigorously
  5. Fine strain into an ice filled collins glass
  6. Top with soda water
  7. Garnish with a cucumber slice

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Cele-Berry Punch

Serves 8

Ingredients
  • 12 oz Aviation American Gin
  • 4 oz Cointreau
  • 6 oz Freshly pressed lemon juice
  • 24 Blueberries
  • 24 Blackberries
  • 8 Strawberries
  • 4 oz Simple syrup
  • 16 oz Soda water
Preparation
  1. In a large container muddle the berries
  2. Add spirits & mixers (through simple syrup)
  3. Mix well with a large spoon and fine strain into a separate container
  4. Cover and cool
  5. When ready to serve, pour punch over large block of ice* and add soda water
  6. Garnish with mixed berries and mint
  7. *To make ice; freeze water in an appropriate size tupperware container 24 hours in advance

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Beers Knees

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 oz Aviation American Gin
  • 1 oz Freshly pressed lemon juice
  • 1 oz Honey syrup*
  • 3 oz Widmer Hefeweizen
Preparation
  1. In a pint glass, add spirits & mixers (through honey syrup)
  2. Fill with ice & shake vigorously
  3. Fine strain into a chilled collins glass with or without ice
  4. Top with Hefeweizen
  5. Garnish with a lemon wedge
  6. *To make honey syrup; combine equal parts honey to heated water and stir until honey is dissolved, let cool

*To make honey syrup: Combine equal portions of honey and water in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil until all the sugar has dissolved. Let cool.

– Brooke Arthur, DIRECTOR OF ON PREMISE EDUCATION & OUTREACH

 

Aviation’s Secret Ingredient

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Okay, so we’re not very secretive, but if we were we might be mum about one of the ingredients in Aviation American Gin: Sarsaparilla. There are two reasons to keep it secret, first because it is such an unusual ingredient for gin and second because it is the botanical least likely to be identified upon tasting Aviation American Gin. Sarsaparilla is the main flavor of real Root Beer, so fans of that might be able to pick it out but most can’t.

The Sarsaparilla was the final addition to the botanical makeup of Aviation American Gin. We had chosen the other six ingredients first, and had achieved what we like to call a “Botanical Democracy” with the spirit firing on nearly all cylinders (great aroma, entry, flavor and finish), but it fell flat on mid-palate body and structure and we needed something oily or phenolic to fill that gap. The obvious choice would have been vanilla, but we wanted to be more innovative than that, so we cast about for another option, and I remembered the pipe tobacco my father smoked when I was a child, and the sweet fragrance of the sarsaparilla it contained. I’m really happy with our choice, and I hope you are too.

– Christian Krogstad, Founder

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