Monthly Archives: December 2014
Resolutions, dating back to the Ancient Babylonians, have a long-standing tradition in the Western Hemisphere. A long-standing tradition of putting human determination and dedication to the test. This year I made list based not on what I will negate or quit doing, but things I want to improve upon or initiate.
The list below is long, but I am a terribly resolute person. I am especially resolute when it comes to acts of joy, merriment, and celebrations of personal style and creativity. So, after a fantastic night that puts me well on my way to achieving my resolutions for 2015, I created an Aviation American Gin cocktail that gets me even closer to said goals.
Give yourself a break from the regular run of resolutions, enjoy a warm cocktail, and create a list of to-dos this year that are reasonable and celebrate the things that really matter most to you.
- Seek out fun.
- Drink more herbal tea.
- Be more mystical.
- Become a better mixologist.
- Wear more sparkles.
- Play hockey at least five times.
- Re-invent old favorites.
- Celebrate myself.
- Incorporate more red into my wardrobe.
- Save money for adventures.
- Set up my dream home bar.
- Ride my bicycle 250 days in 2015.
- Record my family’s stories and tales.
- Spend as much time as possible with my Vizsla-dog.
- Make as many things that I need as I can, from scratch.
- Drop into a miniramp on my skateboard.
- Get a good start learning a new language.
- Read 25 books.
- Work harder.
- Spend loads of meaningful time with friends and family.
Warm Rooibos Negroni
- 3/4 ounces Aviation American Gin
- 1/2 ounce Capeletti Vino Apperitivo
- 1/2 ounce Sweet vermouth
- 1/2 ounce Gran Gala Orange Liquer
- 1 tbsp. Clover honey
- 3 ounces Rich and strongly steeped Rooibos Tea
- Pour hot tea into a mug.
- Add honey and stir until honey is mixed in.
- Add spirits in any order. Gently stir.
- Relax and sip.
Cheers to you, yours, and a brilliant and wonderous 2015!
-Rena Hartman, Aviation Team Member
To me, New Year’s Eve is perhaps the perfect holiday. It is a night for reflection, for celebration, and for resolution. A night to get all dolled up and hit the town, or to cozy up with a loved one and look back on the past year and forward to the next. As far as I’m concerned, the “where” of New Year’s Eve is almost irrelevant; it’s the “who” that counts. In years past, I’ve watched the clock turn midnight at a remote cabin in central Idaho and at a crowded concert in downtown Seattle. I’ve spent it at dance parties that spill out into the street and, conversely, in a dear friend’s apartment playing board games, and I’ve had a blast every time. When it comes to celebrating the start of a new year, the most important thing is having a good group of people around to spend it with. The second most important thing? Having a delicious cocktail to share with them. This year I am hosting a party to usher in 2015, and I’ve decided to try my hand at making a punch. Of course, when one thinks New Year’s, one’s mind jumps immediately to champagne. However, I want to kick it up just a little bit, and what better way to do that then the addition of some Aviation American Gin? Since it pairs so well with citrus, and since oranges are considered an auspicious fruit by many cultures, particularly at New Year’s, I’ve mixed up a delicious Aviation American Gin and Champagne Citrus Punch to help ring in what I know is going to be a fantastic new year.
Aviation American Gin and Champagne Citrus Punch
- 8 oz Aviation American Gin
- 32 oz (1 bottle) Extra-dry champagne
- 16 oz Sparkling water
- 8 oz Fresh-squeezed orange juice
- 4 oz Lemon juice
- 4 oz Orange liqueur
- ½ Cup sugar
- Sliced oranges, lemons, pineapples, limes and/or other citrus fruit to garnish
- Stir together in a large punch bowl and serve in your most festive glasses.
When the clock strikes midnight, cheers your friends and loved ones to a great year past, and many more good ones to come. Happy New Year!
-Rachelq Harman, Aviation Team Member
During the holiday season we experience an influx of fresh cranberries and always are striving to find new ways to harness their amazing, yet tart flavor. Many people overlook just how delicious fresh pressed and unsweetened cranberry juice can be in a cocktail. There is a depth of flavor in cranberry that can be complimented by Aviation American Gin, and when mixed, you may just find your new favorite holiday cocktail.
Aviation and Cranberry
- 2 oz Aviation American Gin
- 2 oz Unsweetened cranberry juice
- 1 oz Simple syrup
- Fresh cranberries for garnish
- In a shaker, combine Aviation, cranberry juice, and simple syrup
- Shake with ice and strain into a champagne coup
This simple cocktail will delight the senses with its rich flavors of our botanical-rich gin and tart cranberry, balanced with the small addition of some simple syrup.
-Liam Glad, Aviation Team Member
Name – Stuart Jensen
Hometown – Denver, CO
Current home – Denver, CO
Works at – Mercantile Dining & Provision
Favorite way to enjoy Aviation – Negronis
Name – Trevor P Frye
Hometown – Fairfax, VA
Current home – Washington. DC
Works at – Jack Rose Dining Saloon
Favorite way to enjoy Aviation – Warm shots with friends
What’s the best gift to get those hard-to-buy-for people in your life? Booze! Help stock the bar of your friend’s and family. They will love the gift and you’ll love going over to their home to “help” them use it.
Here are our picks for the best gifts this holiday season:
-The Aviation Team
Most cocktails are simple. There’s a recipe. You follow said recipe and ta-da, a great drink is ready for sipping. It turns out, Martinis aren’t so easy. Inspired by this article by Jason O’Bryan, we have decided to ask the question. What’s your favorite way to make a Martini?
Do you add orange bitters? What type of vermouth do you use? Do you rinse your glass with vermouth or add a jigger full?
Then, let us know how you enjoy your Martini by leaving a comment below.
- 2 cups Sugar
- 1/2 cup Light corn syrup
- 1/4 cup Water
- 14 oz Sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup Salted butter
- 2 tablespoons Aviation American Gin
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
- Prepare a 8in x 8in Pyrex pan by spraying it with non-stick spray. Cover with parchment paper and lightly spray with non-stick spray again.
- Cut butter into cubes and set aside.
- In a saucepan, add sugar, corn syrup and water. Stir over medium-high heat until contents turn golden brown.
- Remove pan from heat and stir in condensed milk and butter.
- Return pan to medium-low heat stirring constantly until mixture reaches 240 degrees.
- Remove pan from heat and stir in Aviation and salt.
- Pour mixture into prepared pan and let cool.
- If you like, sprinkle top with more salt. Flakier salt is best.
- Once cooled, cut caramels into desired size and wrap in parchment paper.
There are several freedoms for which I am thankful. Freedoms that wouldn’t exist had our great American forefathers not mulled for weeks philosophizing about the inherent rights of man. James Madison introduced a series of Constitutional Amendments, and a group of men with very conflicting ideologies settled upon what became the Bill of Rights of the US Constitution. From a judicial perspective the Bill of Rights was so ahead of its time that it wasn’t cited in many landmark Supreme Court cases until the 20th Century. Laid to parchment in 1791, the premise for its creation is a real lack of rights granted to the people of The American Colonies by the distant British Government.
The real glory of the Bill of Rights is all of the self-regulatory functions put in place to limit Congressional power and their ability to behave in a monarchistic manner. There is no one ruler or leader, and the needs of the general populous are at the forefront of every word written in the Bill.
Most of what I am expressing here I was able to gather from watching the fabulous HBO series John Adams. I think about his adoration for his wife, and how it may well be the foundation for the advancement of rights for women in this country. I often consider that so much of the philosophy behind our Bill of Rights is founded in love. Love for personal freedom, love for one’s fellow man, and love for a nation in its infancy.
Uprisings and general dissent in the populations of the American Colonies were unsettling. I was amazed to be reminded not so long ago that the Boston Tea Party of 1773 was a violent uprising. We are a nation born of harsh opinion and unpopular philosophies. Yet, without such advanced notions women wouldn’t be allowed to vote, and we would likely only have a few sorts of gin, rum, or whiskey available to us at an extraordinarily taxed price.
I am impassioned about a number of things, and was happy to bring what I value together in celebration. I value my ability to dress as an individual. I value being a well-educated woman who is in perpetual pursuit of facts, especially as they pertain to this nation’s history. I value my ability to select the type of food I want to eat, and to have a wide selection of drinks to imbibe. However, most of all I value my creative freedom.
The Bill of Rights Institute in Arlington, VA is hosting a celebration today. I figured I should follow suit. I have a special Aviation American Gin cocktail ready to go, am costumed in some amazingly appropriate vintage clothing, am perusing my vintage history books, and John Adams is queued up on the iPad.
On this fine Bill of Rights Day I urge you to find a way to express your love of personal freedoms. And, what better way to contemplate your freedom than over an Aviation American Gin Boston Tea Party Cocktail.
The Aviation American Gin Boston Tea Party
- 1/2 oz Aviation American Gin
- 3 oz extra strong hot Earl Grey Tea (use two bags for richer flavor)
- 1/2 oz honey
- 1 tsp. freshly pressed lemon juice
- 2 dashes orange bitters
- 1 short cinnamon stick
- Steep tea in a mug & remove tea bags
- Add spirits & mixers
- Allow to cool for 1 minute
Enjoy while reflecting on the Bill of Rights!
-Rena Hartman, Aviation Team Member
*Vintage Red Coat from Saks Fifth Avenue from Rattlesnake Shake Vintage
*Book: The Golden Book of America, published in 1967 by Simon and Schuster