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April Showers Bring May Flowers


Spring 2014 Portland

While in many parts of the country there is still a chill in the air and snow on the ground, spring is just around the corner and along with it a new crop of ingredients to use in your cocktails. You can see what is in season near where you live by checking out a site like Field to Plate and make a simple spring Collins. In a mixing glass, muddle fresh fruit of your choice or garden herbs like parsley or cilantro with 1 oz fresh lemon juice and ¾ oz simple syrup. Add 2 oz Aviation American Gin and shake. Strain into a tall glass and top with club soda and fruit or citrus garnish of your choice.

Looking to be a little more adventurous? Here are two more drink suggestions for spring.

April Showers – for when it’s drizzling out and you want something comforting and boozy, try a Poet’s Dream (originally from the Café Royale Cocktail Book, 1937), a riff on a classic wet Martini: Combine 2 oz Aviation American Gin, ¾ oz quality dry vermouth (such as Dolin), ¼ oz Benedictine and 2 dashes orange bitters and stir for 25-30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon peel.

May Flowers – for when the sun is out and the weather has finally warmed and you want something refreshing to sip on, go for a Bird of Paradise Fizz. Shake 1 ½ oz Aviation American Gin, 1 oz fresh lemon juice, ¼ oz grenadine or blackberry liqueur, ½ oz simple syrup and 1 egg white in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a highball glass over ice and top with soda and an edible flower garnish.

– Claire Bertin-Lang, Brand Supporter, New York

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