January 2015 - Aviation American Gin

Monthly Archives: January 2015

Super Bowl XLIX


The Super Bowl is almost here! After watching Seattle come back to win in OT this weekend, I decided to host a Super Bowl viewing party.

Step 1: Send out the evite
Step 2: Plan the food & drink menu
Step 3: Order decorations online
Step 4: Go to the store and prep
Step 5: Watch the game

For food, I’m keeping it simple with a few classic American snacks from our Super Bowl Pinterest board. They’re all easy and on theme.


Making a punch and then tossing some beer and non-alcoholic drinks in a cooler will take care of the drinks. I’m making the Buggy Whip punch because it’s delicious and with it’s clear color, I can make it Patriots or Seahawks themed with these cute straws.


With most of my food prepped and ready to go the day before, all I will have left to do on game day is put out the decorations, juice some lemons and put my punch together. Then it’s just sitting back and watching Seattle win.

Go Seahawks!
-Kelly Sanders, Aviation Team Member

Cranberry Cardamom Kick

Cran Cardamom

Whenever I make a flavored simple syrup, I tend to make a bunch and use it for a few weeks. The only problem is, I get stuck in a cocktail rut, making the same drink over and over again. I recently made some cardamom syrup. It’s extremely simple and delicious. I started off making an apple flavored cocktail with the syrup but now I’m ready for something else.

We had a recent delivery of natural cranberry juice at the distillery and based on that, here’s my new cardamom syrup cocktail.

Cranberry Cardamom Kick

Cran Card 2



  1. In a pint glass, add spirits and mixers (through cardamom syrup)
  2. Add ice & shake vigorously
  3. Strain into an ice filled collins glass
  4. Top with soda water
  5. Garnish with fresh cranberries

Have fun experimenting with cardamom!

-Kelly Sanders, Aviation Team Member

Get To Know Our New Brand Supporter – Toronto, Canada

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Name – Holly Caverly
Hometown – North Bay (Ontario)
Current home – Toronto
Favorite way to enjoy Aviation – My favorite way to drink Aviation Gin is a wet gin martini with a touch of maraschino
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Aviation On State Of Affairs


Charlie has had yet another stressful day briefing the President and fighting terrorism on NBC’s State of Affairs. Luckily, the bar is well stocked with Aviation American Gin. Nothing like an Aviation on the rocks or a gin & tonic to soothe the nerves.

-Christina Shapalis, Aviation Team Member

Australia Day


In honor of Australia Day I made myself a great bloody mary and deluxed it up by doing something very cheesy. I put some shrimp on the barbie. And no surprise, it was delicious! After all, half the fun of bloody marys is getting to load the glass up with delicious accouterments.

How to make your fixings

  1. In a large bowl, mix together one bottle of Bloody Mary mix, 1 Tbs. hot pepper sauce, and the juice of one lemon.
  2. Stir in the 2 lbs. shrimp and halibut chunks. Let marinate for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat a grill for high heat. Place a grill pan over the grilling surface, or you may use a heavy sheet of foil that has holes poked in it with a fork.
  4. Drain the shrimp and halibut in a colander, discarding the marinade. Grill for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the seafood is browned and opaque.
  5. Put the shrimp and halibut on spears and garnish your bloody mary.

Red Snapper


  • 3 oz Aviation American Gin
  • 6 oz Tomato juice
  • 1 oz Freshly pressed lemon juice
  • 6 dashes Tabasco
  • 3 dashes Worcestershire
  • 2 pinches Celery salt & pepper


  1. In a pint glass filled with ice, add spirits & mixers
  2. Stir
  3. Garnish with a celery stalk and the shrimp and halibut

Happy Australia Day!

-Richelle Thorpe, Aviation Team Member

National Pie Day

Cherry Collins
For me, January tends to be a gloomy month. The holidays are over but the weather is still blustery and cold, and getting back into the swing of real life can seem a daunting task. Luckily, there is a light at the end of the metaphorical tunnel, a holiday celebrating perhaps the greatest and most versatile dessert: National Pie Day. Regardless of the filling, be it fruit, meringue, nuts, or even savory meats and veggies, pie is a decadent and satisfying treat. Plus, the delicious aroma of a fresh-baked, homemade pie wafting out of the oven can cure even the moodiest of blues. Last weekend I invited eight of my friends over for a slice of pie and (of course!) a cocktail to go with it, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.

Since January is unfortunately not the season for fresh fruit, I used canned cherries for my pie, and while fresh is usually better, I can confidently say that it turned out almost as good with much less effort. As for the cocktail, I used the slightly tart nature of the cherry juice to my advantage to play up traditional flavor of a Tom Collins, and to balance the sweetness of the pie. By the end of the night, everyone was full of cheer and cherries alike.

Overall, National Pie Day proved to be a wonderful opportunity to bring the people I care about together, to try some new recipes, and to warm up the house and melt away some post-Christmas winter blues. By the end of the night, the pie was completely devoured and the cocktails drank up. Pie Day success indeed!

The Cheer Up Cherry Collins



  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and layer in gin and juices
  2. Shake vigorously and strain into a collins glass filled with ice
  3. Top with soda water
  4. Enjoy!

Beat-the-Blues Cherry Pie


For the crust:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 6 tablespoons butter, frozen
  • 6-8 tablespoons ice water

For the filling:

  • 1 29 oz can cherries, drained (I used Oregon Specialty Fruit Tart Red Cherries)
  • 1 12 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • Juice of 2 lemons

Stir together flour, salt, and sugar. Using a fine grater, shave the frozen butter into the mixture. Cut in shortening and butter with a dough cutter until fully integrated (dough should be crumbly). Mix in 2-3 tablespoons of ice water, adding more in slowly until dough is smooth and slightly sticky. Divide in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll one half of the dough out in a circle until it is ¼ of an inch thick. Place over the bottom of a pie tin. In a separate bowl, mix together cherries, condensed milk, and lemon juice. Pour on top of the crust in the pan. Roll out the other half of the dough in the same manner and place over the top of the filled pie. Pierce the top crust with a fork or knife to create vents for the steam, and crimp the edges of the crust around the side of the pan to seal. Bake for 45-55 minutes at 350 degrees, or until crust is golden brown and delicious.

-Rachelq Harman, Aviation Team Member

Pineapple Clove Syrup

Pineapple clove cocktail

I get new recipe inspiration from all over the place but one of my favorite sources is Food Republic. Awhile ago, I came across this recipe for a clove-studded roasted pineapple. I filed it away under “must try someday” and finally, the day came.

My plan was to use some of the syrup left over in this recipe to make a cocktail and have the pineapple as dessert – a kind of two-for-one deal on the cooking/preparation side.

While the syrup made for the recipe was delicious, the syrup that is left over in the baking dish, is divine. It has an intense sweet pineapple flavor that, along with the cloves and brown sugar, is perfect for a cozy winter night cocktail.

Step 1: Follow this recipe

Step 2: Scrape every last ounce of syrup from the baking dish into a air tight container. Allow to cool before putting in the fridge.

Step 3: Substitute the simple syrup in your favorite cocktails for your newly made Pineapple Clove Syrup.

I used the recipe below but I’ve got tons left over and I can’t wait to try it in other drinks.

Pineapple Clove Winter


  • 2 oz Aviation American Gin
  • 3/4 oz Pineapple clove syrup
  • 3/4 oz Freshly pressed lime juice
  • 2 oz Soda water


  1. In a pint glass, add spirits & mixers
  2. Fill with ice & shake vigorously
  3. Fine strain into a chilled collins glass
  4. Top with soda
  5. Garnish with a pineapple leaf

-Kelly Sanders, Aviation Team Member



Today we remember a great man, Martin Luther king Jr., and the positive impact he had upon humanity.  He once said,  “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'” This day is a chance to give back and do something wonderful for your community. We raise our glass to you, and all you accomplished.

The Melting Pot




  1. Combine the ingredients in a shaker and add ice
  2. Strain after shaking thoroughly
  3. Pour over some ice and enjoy


– Liam Glad, Aviation Team Member

Apple Cardamom Collins

Cardamom Syrup
I’ve been playing around with cardamom lately. Of the seven botanicals that make up Aviation American Gin, it’s one of my favorite.

I “borrowed” a bit of cardamom for our spice room and got to making a cardamom simple syrup.

To make Cardamom Syrup, add equal parts sugar and water to a sauce pan. Add a bit of cardamom and stir on medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Allow to cool and then store in an air-tight container in your fridge for up to two weeks. I used 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and about 1/2 teaspoon cardamom. Depending on how strong you want your cardamom flavor to shine, add more or less.

To use your cardamom syrup try this Apple Cardamom cocktail.

Apple Cardamom Collins

Apple Cardamom


  • 2 oz Aviation American Gin
  • 3 chunks Apple
  • 3/4 oz Freshly pressed lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz Cardamom syrup
  • Soda water


  1. In a pint glass, add Aviation & apple chunks and muddle
  2. Add remaining mixers (through cardamom syrup)
  3. Add ice & shake vigorously
  4. Strain into an ice filled collins glass
  5. Top with soda water
  6. Garnish with apple slices

Have fun experimenting with cardamom!

-Kelly Sanders, Aviation Team Member

Get To Know Our New Brand Supporter – Miami Beach, FL


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Hometown – Boca Raton, FL
Current home – Miami Beach, FL
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Favorite way to enjoy Aviation – With good friends and new friends!
Favorite place to enjoy Aviation – Either at the upstairs bar at 27 restaurant at the Freehand/ Broken Shaker or at Bodega, a cool new bar and taqueria in my neighborhood .

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