August 2014 - Aviation American Gin

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Peach Month


August is officially peach month.  This is great for so many reasons; pies, cobblers, teas, jams and so forth.  I recently discovered a few peach cocktail recipes to add to my list, really helping to round out my uses for the fuzzy, sweet and juicy fruit.  During peach season my favorite cocktail to make is a Peach Martini with Chiles. I usually have my own chiles growing in my garden in the summer and I love the combination of spicy and sweet, especially in a cocktail. Once summer ends, I curve my peach withdrawal by making Peach Pimms Punch.  This cocktail manages to be deliciously peachy without the use of fresh peaches, but instead by using Hansen’s Peach Soda.  Check out the recipes below.

 Peach Pimms Punch


  • 8 oz Aviation American Gin
  • 8 oz Pimms
  • 6 oz Freshly pressed lemon juice
  • 4 oz Simple syrup
  • 3 oz Water
  • 1/2 Cucumber  diced
  • 8 Mint tips
  • 12 oz Hansen’s Peach Soda


  1. In a large mixing bowl, gently muddle the cucumber and mint
  2. Add spirits & mixers (through water)
  3. Fine strain
  4. Cover and cool
  5. When ready to serve, pour into a punch bowl over ice, add peach soda and stir
  6. Garnish with mixed berries and mint tips
Serves 8

Peach Martini with Chiles from the Garden


  • 12 oz Aviation American Gin
  • 12 tsps Dry Vermouth
  • 1  White peach (ripe)
  • 1  Chile (fresh and hot)
  • dash Kosher salt


  1. Chill 6 martini glasses in freezer
  2. Pour Vermouth into each glass, splitting equally between the six
  3. Swirl Vermouth to coat glass, then pour until a small amount remains
  4. In a martini shaker shake ice cubes and gin
  5. Strain gin into glasses
  6. Place a slice of peach and a slice of chile on a skewer, sprinkle with kosher salt
  7. Garnish with peach and chile skewer
Serves 6

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– Christina Shapalis, Retail Assistant


Cantaloupe Campari Cubes


As a kid my mom would always keep a bowl of sliced cantaloupe in the fridge for my little sister and I to snack on. It’s a fruit that I’ve always associated with hot summer days and my best childhood memories. I recently stumbled upon a recipe for Cantaloupe Campari Popsicles on Food Republic, which I wanted to somehow incorporate into my adult summertime favorite, Aviation and Soda. It’s such a great, simple drink that easily be spiced up a little, or cantaloupe iced up in this case. Rather than using popsicle molds as the recipe suggested I decided to instead pour the cantaloupe mixture into ice trays. After patiently waiting for the mixture to freeze I poured a few Aviation and Sodas, cantaloupe cube included. The results were amazing!

Cantaloupe Campari Ice Cubes



  • 1 Cantaloupe, peeled and seeded
  • 3/4 cup Simple syrup
  • 1/4 cup Campari


  1. Cut the cantaloupe into chunks and blend in a food processor (About 2 1/4 cups once blended)
  2. Pour blended cantaloupe into a large pitcher and add simple syrup
  3. Slowly add Campari, until its taste is noticeable, and mix
  4. Pour the mixture into ice cube molds of any size and place in freeze*

*Leave some space at the top so the mixture has room to expand

Aviation and Soda




  1. In a glass, add spirits & mixers
  2. Fill with ice and stir
  3. Garnish with a lime wedge


-Alex Hutchinson, Marketing Intern



National Aviation Day


It’s National Aviation Day, which seems to be a fitting holiday to celebrate given our name. In honor of the special day we wanted to give you a quick history lesson on the Aviation Cocktail, as well as our own gin.

The Aviation Cocktail was first created by Hugo Ensslin, a bartender in New York. In 1916 he published Recipes for Mixed Drinks, a compilation of cocktail recipes. His recipe included the ingredient Crème de Violette, which gave it the sky blue color. Nearly a century later in the summer 2005, Ryan Magarian and House Spirits Distillery joined together in hopes of creating a unique and complex botanical blend. Nearly a year and 30 trials later, Aviation American Gin was born. As they say, the rest was history. So, grab some Aviation American Gin and mix up your own Aviation Cocktail in honor of today’s holiday!

The Aviation Cocktail 



  • 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 and shake vigorously
  3. Fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  4. Garnish with a cherry on a pick

-Alex Hutchinson, Marketing Intern



A Gatsby Golf Affair


Golf is a game of intense focus and skill. Golf is a gentleman’s sport. I am neither skilled, focused, nor a gentleman. So, I was uninterested in golf until I read The Great Gatsby. Upon being introduced to the literary figure Ms. Jordan Baker, the infamous female professional golf pro who drank, smoked, and did whatever she liked, I was obsessed. A female athlete who was described as strikingly beautiful, constantly toting a dry martini around a crowded glittering party–perfection. A lady who could sidle up to the bar with the guys after a game and enjoy a gin and tonic–brilliant. So, in honor of the upcoming PGA Tournament, the Wyndham Championship, I thought it would be fun to throw a Jordan Baker-themed cocktail party, complete with a putting contest. The menu: Aviation Dry Gin Martinis, and The Baker Birdy–a Jordan Baker-themed take on the Pebble Beach cocktail.

Aviation Dry Gin Martini


  1. In a pint glass add spirits and mixers
  2. Fill with ice
  3. Stir and strain into a chilled martini glass
  4. Garnish with a lemon disc or a twist

The Baker Birdy

  • 2 oz Aviation American Gin
  • 1 oz Fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 3/4 oz Simple syrup
  • 8 to 10 Blackberries
  • 2 sprigs Thyme
  1. Add ice to a martini glass, and then add two blackberries
  2. Muddle remaining blackberries, 1 sprig thyme, and lime juice in shaker
  3. Add gin and simple syrup
  4. Shake vigorously with ice and strain
  5. Pour into chilled martini glass
  6. Garnish with one sprig of thyme


  • Linen suits
  • Golf hats
  • Flapper-esque summer knit dresses
  • Bring your own putter

May the best golfer win. Or, in Ms. Baker’s case, may the cheater remain uncaught.

-Rena Hartman, PDX Kiosk Manager & Sales Lead

Pickled Gin


Summer is a great time for berry picking, beach-going, and BBQing. It’s the time of year when we all enjoy those light, refreshing, and fruity cocktails, but sometimes you need something a bit more savory. What, you ask, could you possibly add to a cocktail to make it savory AND refreshing? Pickle juice, of course! We give you the Pickled Gin Cocktail. A surprisingly delicious cocktail that’ll satisfy your pickle cravings and delight your BBQ guests for years to come.

Pickled Gin

  • 1 1/2 oz Aviation American Gin 
  • 1/4 oz Dill pickle juice
  • 1/4 oz Dry Vermouth
  • 1/4 oz Lime juice
  • 1/4 oz Simple syrup
  1. Pour ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Shake until well blended
  3. Pour over ice into a bucket glass
  4. Garnish with a pickle chip
  5. Enjoy!

This wonderful recipe is courtesy of Dean Powers, Beverage Manager at Shore Lodge in McCall, ID.

-Alex Hutchinson, Marketing Intern

Beer Cocktails

When you can’t choose between beer and something stronger, the beer cocktail is the way to go. You’ll be surprised at how well our Aviation American Gin and a crisp Hefeweizen complement one another. Try this refreshing summer recipe:
The Pineapple Express
1 chunk of fresh pineapple (2 inches thick)
.5 oz Simple Syrup
1 oz Ginger Beer
In a pint glass muddle the pineapple, then add gin and simple syrup. Fill the glass with ice and shake vigorously. Fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass filled with fresh ice. Add ginger beer and top with Hefeweizen. Garnish with pineapple… and enjoy.
– Richelle Thorpe, Retail Manager

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