November 2014 - Aviation American Gin

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Black Friday

As Black Friday approaches and anticipation or maybe dread for shopping lines builds up, I find that it is the perfect time to sit back and enjoy a cocktail. The holidays are a stressful time, so every November I like to treat myself to my favorite winter drink; The Winter Southside. It has the tart quality of cranberry, the spice of anise, herbaceous sage, and a sweet Aviation American Gin finish.

The Winter Southside

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Aviation American Gin
  • 1 oz Freshly pressed lime juice
  • 3 Sage leaves
  • 1/2 Raw cranberry juice
  • 3/4 oz Star anise/allspice simple syrup*

Preparation

  1. In a pint glass, muddle the sage leaves
  2. Add spirits & mixers
  3. Fill with ice & shake vigorously
  4. Fine strain into a cocktail glass
  5. Garnish with a sage leaf
  6. *To make star anise/ allspice simple syrup; combine 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 2 star anise pods and teaspoon of allspice berries in a saucepan and bring to a boil, remove from heat and let sit for 15 minutes. Strain and chill before use.
Prepare yourself for a refreshing zip to warm you up during the holidays and guaranteed to be a holiday party pleaser.
Enjoy!
-Richelle Thorpe, Retail Manager

Rosemary Hot Gin Sling for Thanksgiving

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Lost in the history of America, there is one cocktail that held it’s popularity for over 100 years; the Gin Sling. Many post-revolutionary texts claim the Gin Sling to be a purely American invention, though that has been fiercely debated in English newspapers. Despite it’s origins, no one could deny how popular this now forgotten cocktail was in the beginning of American history. Now that Thanksgiving is upon us and we are remembering the beginning of America, it is time for this old classic to make a comeback.

The classic Gin Sling was a delicious combination of gin, sugar, and nutmeg shavings. The combination of gin with the sweet yet bitter flavor of nutmeg is enough to make anyone ‘sling’ this drink back but I promise you’ll want to savor this cocktail as much as possible.

Classic Gin Sling

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. In a pint glass, add spirits & mixers
  2. Stir until sugar is dissolved
  3. Fill with ice
  4. Garnish with grated nutmeg

The Gin Sling can be enjoyed hot just as easily by adding 4oz of boiling water, and I highly recommend trying it both ways.

As we usually do here at House Spirits Distillery, we took something old and classic and put our own spin on it. Rosemary and nutmeg go together so well that we had to combine them with our Aviation American Gin too. With Thanksgiving coming up, we could not think of a better cocktail to serve to guests.

Rosemary Hot Gin Sling

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. In a pint glass, add spirits & mixers (through boiling water)
  2. Grate the nutmeg over the glass
  3. Garnish with a fresh sprig of rosemary
  4. *To make rosemary simple syrup: Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 1/3 cup water in a pot over medium heat, once sugar dissolves add 6 sprigs rosemary. Bring to a boil while stirring constantly. Once a boil is achieved, remove from heat, cover and let sit for 45 minutes. Strain out rosemary and put in a jar to store in fridge until use.

Happy Thanksgiving!

-Liam Glad, Sales Associate

Are Vampires Drinking Aviation?

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Fans of True Blood know the answer. Aviation American Gin was recently seen on the set of one of HBO’s best shows. While we can’t tell you what Sookie and Andy are talking about in this storage room, we sure hope they can find some time to sit up at the bar and have a drink. Which Aviation cocktail would Sookie order?

-Kelly Sanders, Head of Marketing

House Spirits Distillery Logo Contest Rules

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House Spirits Distillery is moving to new digs in 2015 and with a new home comes a new look. We’re asking you to help us find our new look in our logo redesign contest. Here are the rules:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. THIS CONTEST IS INTENDED FOR VIEWING IN THE UNITED STATES ONLY AND SHALL ONLY BE CONSTRUED AND EVALUATED ACCORDING TO UNITED STATES LAW.

The “House Spirits Logo” contest will begin at  12:00 p.m. on November 24, 2014 EDT and end at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT on December 15, 2015. (“Contest Period”) Facebook, Inc.’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Contest. The Contest is sponsored by House Spirits Distillery, 2025 SE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97214 (“Sponsor”). The Sponsor is responsible for all aspects of this Contest. Participation in the Contest constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules, and Sponsor’s and Administrator’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest.

Eligibility: Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of all fifty (50) states of the United States and the District of Columbia who are at least 21 years of age as of the start date. Employees, officers and representatives of House Spirits Distillery, and Administrator, and any of their respective parent companies, affiliates, franchisees, licensees, distributors, suppliers, subsidiaries, retailers, advertising/promotion agencies (collectively, “Released Parties”) and members of the immediate family (mother, father, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters and spouse, regardless of where they reside) and household members of each such employee, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein. Void in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. Military installations in foreign countries, and where prohibited, or restricted by law.

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Eat A Cranberry Day

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There truly is a day for everything. This coming Sunday (11/23) is National Eat A Cranberry Day. Does drinking a cranberry count? Check out my twist on a classic French 75 cocktail (pictured below), featuring a spiced cranberry syrup.

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Autumnal French 75

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Aviation American Gin
  • 3/4 oz Freshly pressed lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz Spiced cranberry syrup*
  • Sparking wine

Preparation

  1. In a pint glass, add spirits & mixers (through spiced cranberry syrup)
  2. Add ice & shake vigorously
  3. Fine strain into a wine flute
  4. Top with sparkling wine float
  5. Garish with a cranberry
  6. *To make spiced cranberry syrup: Pour 2 bags fresh or frozen cranberries into a large pot. Add 2 cups sugar and 2 1/2 cups water and heat. Peel 2 oranges and add the peels to the pot along with 4 whole cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil then simmer for 20-30 minutes until cranberries are mushy. Strain immediately through a fine mesh strainer  into jars and let cool.

Happy Cranberry Eating/ Drinking!

-Clarie Bertin-Lang, Brand Ambassador

Aviation On 2 Broke Girls

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Aviation American Gin is taking on Hollywood and appearing in CBS’ 2 Broke Girls. You can find a bottle on the home bar behind the leading character, Max Black. Now, the only question is, what cocktails are her and Caroline making up after a long day of working at the diner. My guess, the French 75. It goes perfectly with a delicious cupcake.

-Kelly Sanders, Head of Marketing

National Clean Out Your Fridge Day!

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As many of you are probably unaware, National Clean-Out-Your-Fridge Day is upon us! This little-recognized though somewhat dreaded holiday is mysterious in origin, but sturdy in purpose- to get you to clean your darn refrigerator before cooking and feasting season gets here. I think I know why COYF day is unpopular: Cleaning the fridge is tedious and gross! For some, even opening the crisper can be a stinky nightmare, not to mention that to follow the official rules of COYF day* one must also wipe down the insides and outsides of your fridge and vaccume the coils. Who wants to do that?! But it must be done, you guys, and what better way to make the chore into a party than to make it into a cocktail?

That’s right, not only can you use those unwanted or under appreciated condiments as cocktail mixers, but you can drink your Found Fridge Cocktails while you work! I’m not suggesting adding that melted cauliflower or ancient goat cheese to your glass, because that would be in incredibly poor taste, but why not try looking at the leftover juice in that pickle jar in a different light? Or what about those sad-looking clementines you totally forgot about? In my fridge there is quite a bit of apricot jam. There’s a long story about why I have so many open jars of a food item I don’t consume, and it involves house guests. I don’t really eat toast, but I do like gin, so I got an idea: Jam cocktails! I found some tired-looking raspberries that I was supposed to serve at a party and threw the prettiest ones in. Then I remembered that I need to use up what’s left of my basil plant before it freezes in the garden, so I ran out and picked some leaves, muddling the smaller ones and saving the larger, greener ones to use as garnish. I always have sparkling water on hand, so I topped my concoction off with a little bit of fizz and what resulted was a delicious, refreshing, thrifty cocktail with an incredibly interesting texture. Yum! I have found other recipes involving jam in cocktails, and they all look delicious but quite sweet. I prefer drinks that showcase the flavor of my gin, so I choose not to mask it with the addition of fruit juice or simple syrup, but every palate has its own discretion.

COYF Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ oz Aviation American Gin
  • 6 Raspberries
  • 5 small (1 large) Basil leaves
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Apricot jam
  • Sparkling water

Preparation

  1. In a mixing glass, muddle small basil leaves and raspberries with the gin
  2. Add the jam and fill glass with ice
  3. Shake vigorously until chilled
  4. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a jelly jar filled with ice
  5. Top with soda and garnish with the large basil leaf

After a few of these you’ll certainly decide that cleaning out your refrigerator is great fun! I wish you diligence and a healthy dose of creativity in your endeavors.

Cheers!

Emilyn Nelson, Sales Associate

* as far as I know, there are no Official Rules of National Clean-Out-Your-Fridge Day.

Diabetes Awareness Month

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Diabetes comes in different forms, but generally speaking, implies a metabolism disorder that causes a person to have high blood sugar. Either the person has insufficient amounts of insulin being produced or their body does not react to insulin in a proper way, or in some cases both of these things can happen. This is a serious lifelong condition that an estimated 382 million people currently deal with. Type 2 Diabetes is the most common and with a healthy diet and exercise plan a person can manage without taking insulin. However, this disease gets progressively worse with time and usually insulin will have to be prescribed at some point.

Insulin is created by the pancreas in order to aid our bodies in glucose absorption. Glucose is a primary source of energy for our bodies and without proper absorption of it, our bodies face many difficulties. If insulin is not present, not present enough, or not processed properly by our bodies, the glucose we eat ends up staying in our blood, rather than being absorbed by our cells, like we need. This results in hyperglycemia, which is too much glucose in the blood stream, and does not allow the cells to receive the glucose they need for growth and energy.

Often time people with diabetes have to be extremely careful with their sugar intake. This doesn’t mean they cannot have sugar, but it means they need to plan accordingly and keep a close eye on their diet in order to keep their blood glucose levels where they need to be. As someone who makes cocktails at home regularly and orders them at the bar, I know that sugar is often a key ingredient. Considering it is Diabetes Awareness Month, I thought it would be fun to find recipes that use little to no sugar and are still delicious. Here is what I discovered:

A classic cocktail choice is an Aviation Dry Gin Martini, with only a small amount of dry vermouth used and therefore a small amount of sugar.

martini_twist_smallIngredients

Preparation

  1. In a pint glass, add spirits & mixers
  2. Fill with ice & stir
  3. Strain into a chilled martini glass
  4. Garnish with a lemon disc or twist

A Cummerbund is an excellent variation of a martini, using both gin and vodka and a small amount of vermouth.

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Preparation

  1. In a mixing glass, add spirits & mixers
  2. Fill with ice & stir
  3. Strain into a cocktail glass
  4. Garnish with a lemon twist

For a simple, bubbly and no sugar cocktail try an  Aviation & Soda.

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Ingredients

Preparation

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

If you like cocktails with a little more citrus, try an Aviation Rickey, with only a teaspoon of simple syrup.

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Preparation

  1. In a collins glass, add ice, spirits & mixers
  2. Top with soda water
  3. Stir
  4. Garnish with a lime wedge

One of my favorite low sugar cocktails – The Oregon Fashioned.

Oregon Fashioned (300x225)Ingredients

  • 2 oz Aviation American Gin
  • 1/4 oz Simple syrup
  • 2 dashes Regan’s No.6 Orange Bitters
  • 1 dash Peychaud’s Bitters

Preparation

  1. In a mixing glass, add spirits & mixers
  2. Fill with ice & stir
  3. Strain into an ice filled double rocks glass
  4. Garnish with an orange slice

Though you still have to be very conscious of how much honey you intake when you have diabetes, comparatively to sugar it has a lower glycemic index, meaning that it is more slowly and effectively absorbed by the body and overall healthier. Therefore in a cocktail, substituting a honey syrup for a simple syrup (made from sugar) is a good way to go.

The Bees Knees is probably my favorite cocktail with honey syrup and it is quite simple to make.

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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 lemon disc or twist
  5. *To make honey syrup; combine equal parts honey to heated water and stir until honey is dissolved, let cool

A Sparkling Lavender Spritz is also a good way to go. Make it less sweet by topping with soda water instead of white wine.

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  • 1 oz Aviation American Gin
  • 1 oz Freshly pressed lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz Lavender honey syrup*
  • 2 oz Sparkling wine

Preparation

  1. In a pint glass, add spirits & mixers (through lavender honey syrup)
  2. Fill with ice & shake vigorously for 30 seconds
  3. Fine strain into a champagne glass
  4. Top with sparkling wine
  5. Garnish with a lemon twist
  6. *To make lavender syrup; combine 1 cup water, 1 cup honey and 1 1/2 teaspoons dried lavender in a saucepan and heat to a boil, stir until honey is dissolved, set aside to cool and fine strain to remove dried lavender

A good one for winter is a Chamomile Hot Toddy. To make it very low on sugar simply omit the yellow chartreuse and increase the amount of gin and tea to your liking.

Chamomile Hot Toddy SMALLIngredients

  • 1 oz Aviation American Gin
  • 3/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse
  • 1/2 oz Freshly pressed lime juice
  • 1/2 oz Honey syrup*
  • 2 oz Chamomile hot tea

Preparation

  1. In a mug, add spirits & mixers (through honey syrup)
  2. Stir
  3. Top with hot tea
  4. Garnish with a lemon wheel
  5. *To make honey syrup; combine equal parts honey to heated water and stir until the honey is dissolved, let cool

Cheers to happiness and health!

-Christina Shapalis, Marketing and Sales Assistant

Veterans Day

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My Uncle Ricky is not a blood relative, but I didn’t know that until I was about twelve years old. To me, to this day, he is my Uncle. My father and aunt treated him like a brother. He was in attendance at every Hartman holiday celebration. He was there for my high school and college graduations. He was nearly as much a role model to me as my dad. He and my father were inseparable. They acquired and trained dogs together, planned vacations together, knew the precise ingredients of their mutual favorite cocktails, practically ate the same meals whenever we went out. For birthdays my mother cooked Uncle Ricky the same exact thing my father had on his birthdays: steak cooked medium rare, a baked potato with butter, fried mushrooms, and a vanilla lemon cake for dessert. In my memory I can’t picture either man without a dry gin martini in hand.

One thing does set my Uncle Ricky Erdman apart from my father. Uncle Ricky is a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was severely wounded in the Tet Offensive, a brutal battle that lasted the better part of 1968 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tet_Offensive), with an injury to his leg that never really healed. He was awarded a Purple Heart for being wounded during battle, and a Bronze Star for heroism and bravery. He remains to this day the most tough, stubborn, funny man I’ll ever know. (Sorry, dad, you’re a close second.) His incredible service to the United States always fills me with overwhelming reverence and respect. It gives me what little knowledge I have of just how much the amazing men and women of the United States Military sacrifice to protect us.

My father always reminds me that I am a member of the first generation of children in the United States who were not at risk of being drafted for military duty, and who have not seen a vast number of their peers sent off to war. For this I am very thankful. For my Uncle Ricky I am even more grateful. For the selfless service of the men and women of the United States Military I cannot possibly ever express my gratitude.

I can, however, keep the memory of my Uncle alive. Sadly he succumbed to complications from his battle wound on January 10, 2010. He was only 61 years-old. I miss him. My whole family misses him. Tonight, in honor of Veteran’s Day, I will make a crisp, cold, delicious Aviation Dry Gin Martini, and reminisce with my loved ones about Uncle Ricky’s incredible story.

-Rena Hartman, Manager & Lead Sales Associate

National Fig Week Is Upon Us

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The first week of November brings many things; darker days, colder weather, all things related to Thanksgiving and furthermore a celebration of figs! National Fig Week is November 1-7th and I just couldn’t help but find a way to incorporate these sweet nature candies into a cocktail.

Figs are one of the world’s healthiest foods. They are high in potassium, vitamin B6 and dietary fiber. Fresh figs are very delicate and perish easy, making them somewhat rare in comparison to other fruits. I have learned that there is a huge difference between enjoying fruits when they are in season and when they are not. This could not be truer for figs. I did not want fig week to escape without full enjoyment of these fleshy, chewy and saccharine fruits. If the texture of a fig is off-putting to you, I recommend this cocktail below. You get the essence of the fruit and uniqueness of the flavor without the varying textures within the layers of a fig.

Living in Portland, Oregon, I took advantage of the fact that my neighbor to the left has a fig tree and my neighbor to the right has a rosemary bush and scavenged those items for free, leaving Aviation American Gin, lemons and sugar the only other ingredients I needed to create a delicious Aviation & Fig Fizz.

Aviation & Fig Fizz

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. In a pint glass, add spirits & mixers
  2. Fill with ice & shake vigorously for 15 seconds
  3. Fine strain into a double rocks or collins glass with fresh ice
  4. Top with soda water
  5. Garnish with a rosemary sprig
  6. *To make fig simple syrup; heat 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water and 2-3 chopped  figs over low heat until sugar is dissolved, let sit for 10 minutes and fine strain into a jar

Fig week

My inspiration for this recipe came from this article, though I changed the proportions around a bit. Feel free to experiment and see what your palate enjoys.

Cheers!

-Christina Shapalis, Marketing & Retail Assistant

 

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