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The Corpse Reviver No. 2

Corpse Reviver No. 2

The debate continues as to whether The Corpse Reviver No. 2 is the ultimate hair of the dog concoction, but there is little disagreement on the fact that the cocktail is sensational. First served at the Ritz in Paris back in the 1920s, this cocktail will awake your senses. I have always enjoyed Aviation American Gin with Lillet Blanc, but with some Cointreau, lemon, and absinthe in the mix, the combination is elevated to a whole new level.

Corpse Reviver No. 2

Harry Craddock’s book, The Savoy Cocktail Book, was published in 1930 and included a recipe for The Corpse Reviver No. 2. About the cocktail, he wrote, “To be taken before 11 a.m., or whenever steam and energy are needed.” We recommend one for any occasion; although what better day to imbibe a drink strong enough to wake the dead than Easter Sunday?

-Christina Shapalis, Aviation Team Member
Photography by Danguole Lekaviciute

Aviation Green Snapper

As far as holidays go, St. Patrick’s Day is an easy sell — all you have to do is show up wearing something green and have a drink, whether it’s green beer, Irish whiskey, Irish cream, Guinness, or some unfortunate combination of those last three things.

Green Snapper Cocktail

The holiday is by no means authentically Irish; it’s a distinctly American celebration of being Irish on this side of the Atlantic. Between the 17th and 20th centuries in Ireland, March 17th was commemorated with a quiet, dignified visit to church. Even corned beef and cabbage is, as you may know or have already guessed, an American idea of what Irish food is. Immigrants from the Emerald Isle substituted corned beef for the bacon used in the OG version of this dish, and the end result is closer to a New England boiled dinner than anything actually eaten in Ireland. It is the spaghetti and meatballs of Irish-America.

To me, all of the above is noteworthy and heartwarming in that it’s so distinctly American: a celebration of hyphenated culture and identity, a nod to our melting pot, a salute to our roots from all corners of the globe. Mike Cronin said it best: “In essence, St. Patrick’s Day was a public declaration of a hybrid identity—a belief in the future of Ireland as a nation free from British rule, and a strict adherence to the values and liberties that the U.S. offered them.”

So maybe it’s appropriate that in my search for something interesting and vividly green to share with you on this day, tomatillos and jalapeño made their way into the mix for this take on a classic Red Snapper. The end result is everything I was hoping for: vibrant, boozy, spicy, savory, and not reminiscent of green juices and smoothies. Now is not the time for apple and celery. That said, this is equally well-suited for starting your celebrations on the day of St. Pat’s, or recovering from them in the early afternoon of March 18th.

Sláinte!

Green Snapper Cocktail

Aviation American Gin Green Snapper
(Adapted from Heather Christo)

For mix:

  • 2 cups chopped green tomatoes or tomatillos
  • ½ cup chopped English cucumber chunks
  • ½ fresh jalapeño, chopped (remove seeds and white membrane for less spice)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

For drink:

  • 4 ounces prepared mix
  • 2 ounces Aviation American Gin
  • Cucumber, lime, olives, salt rim, etc., for garnish

To make the mix, combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until very smooth. At this point, you can strain all or part of the mixture if you’d like a less chunky beverage; I strained half of it to thin it out a little bit. Build cocktail in an ice-filled glass, stir, and garnish as desired.

Yield: 2 drinks

-Danguole Lekaviciute, Aviation Team Member

How to Make a Heart Cocktail Garnish

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Google “Valentine’s Day cocktails” and you’ll see an avalanche of pink and red, complete with rose petal and candy garnishes. Nothing wrong with that — we like fun too! That said, sometimes a classic cocktail like a Martinez or Bee’s Knees (both pictured here) is all you need to round out the perfect evening with your favorite person.

Heart Cocktail Garnish

Of course, the first thing Very Serious Cocktail People might point out is that a citrus peel garnish is so much more than looks. Proper garnish technique expels a fragrant cloud of essential citrus oils from the zest, adding a final touch of flavor and aroma that rounds out drinks and tickles the senses. Since we’re getting a little fussy with these drinks anyway, there’s no reason not to expel oils over the drink as usual, then, instead of dropping the twist into the drink, topping it off with a relentlessly Valentine’s-appropriate garnish instead. The best of both worlds never looked so good.

Heart Cocktail Garnish

To Make a Heart-Shaped Cocktail Garnish:

  1. Use a Y-shaped vegetable peeler to peel a large strip of orange, lemon, or grapefruit peel.
  2. Trim the edges with a small sharp knife to make a long rectangle.
  3. Starting 1/2 an inch away from the edge, cut a long slit down the middle, all the way through the other edge.
  4. Shape into a heart — the intact end should be the point of the heart, and the loose ends should come together in the middle. You may need to trim the loose ends to get the shape and size you want.
  5. Use a cocktail pick to pierce through the sides and middle of your garnish, about 2/3 of the way down.
  6. Stir or shake up your beverage, expel oils with a standard twist if you’d like, and garnish away!

-Danguole Lekaviciute, Aviation Team Member

 

Heart Cocktail Garnish

The Cocktails You Need for Kick-off

My poor father. The only brother to his three wild sisters goes off to get married, and is blessed with three equally wild daughters. To help him cope with the heavy amount of estrogen in his life, my sisters and I would watch football with him on Sundays and pretend we understood why he was screaming at the television. I can’t say I am a diehard fan, but at the age of 29, I now understand and thoroughly enjoy the game. In conjunction with my job at House Spirits Distillery and the fact that my roommates and I love any excuse to host a party, I decided I needed to come up with the perfect rivalry Super Bowl cocktails to serve on game day.

Super Bowl Cocktails
Super Bowl 50 (those in charge thought Super Bowl L would be too confusing to their fan base) will take place in San Francisco on February 7th. The Denver Broncos will take on the Carolina Panthers, in what hopes to be a colorful and exciting game. Regardless of what happens on the field, my house will be full of bright, tasty and wonderfully themed cocktails. Planning a viewing party? Consider serving these delicious drinks for your guests.

Aviation Crush

The Aviation Crush, an ode to the Broncos’ defense called ‘Orange Crush’

  • 1 1/2 oz Aviation American Gin
  • 1/2 oz Aperol
  • 1 oz Freshly pressed orange juice
  • 3/4 oz Freshly pressed lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz Simple syrup
  • Soda
  • Large orange peel, for garnish

Prepare a horse’s neck garnish (follow along with this video for garnish instructions) and place into a highball glass, then fill glass with ice. In a pint glass, add spirits & mixers, through simple syrup. Add ice and shake for 6-10 seconds. Fine-strain into the prepared highball glass and top with soda.

Black Licorice Panther

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The Black Licorice Panther

  • 1 oz Aviation American Gin
  • 1 oz Krogstad Festlig Aquavit
  • 3/4 oz Blue Curacao
  • 3/4 oz Freshly pressed lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz Simple syrup
  • Soda
  • Cat-shaped black licorice candy, for garnish

In a pint glass, add spirits & mixers through simple syrup. Add ice and shake for 6-10 seconds. Fine strain into an ice-filled highball glass and top with soda. Garnish with a black licorice cat, such as these from World Market.

These cocktails will get even your anti-football friends into the game and to top it off, they are as tasty as they are perfectly color-coordinated. May the best team (cocktail) win!

Aviation Gin Football

-Christina Shapalis, Aviation Team Member
photography by Danguole Lekaviciute

Tropic Harvest Cocktail

As the seasons change, we find our culinary and cocktail choices changing.  We watch our grocery list selections transform from carefree barbecue summer fare into slow-cooker comforts.  Our cravings for those sparkly, effervescent libations on the rocks begin to wane, and in their place, the warming sensations of all things mulled and spiced show up to keep our hands warm and relax us into the folds of our overstuffed couches.  

Until…  

The weather takes a different and unexpected course, beating maliciously outside the door with no sign of a single ray of sunshine.  For weeks on end.  Sometimes you need summery edible and drinkable pick-me-ups to stave off those winter blues. Don’t cry yourself a river of chamomile tea, because here’s a drink concoction that’s sure to perk you up when you’re knee-deep in your winter gloominess.  

Imagine a cocktail combining the bright sunshine flavors of grapefruit’s citrusy kiss, the sweet snap of English cucumber, peppery hints of Italian parsley and an intense, exotic, sweet-tart blend of tropical island fruits. This cocktail is sure to swipe a ribbon of sunny brightness across even the darkest of a cold, dead winter sky.  You’ll be sipping and basking in thoughts of summers past while sketching your spring garden seeding schematic, completely forgetting about the nasty weather bleating outside.  

Tropical Harvest Cocktail

Introducing the Tropic Harvest Cocktail!  The base spirit of this refreshing pick-me-up is the award-winning Aviation American Gin. Hang a hammock in the living room and tempt yourself with this heavenly concoction. Winter’s melancholy has met its match with the Tropic Harvest cocktail! You can opt to make this as an individual cocktail, or put together a make-your-own Tropic Harvest cocktail bar. Simply set up a tray with sliced cucumber, your favorite tropical fruit, snips of parsley. Add a bottle each of club soda and simple syrup, a bucket of ice, and encourage your guests to put together their own spin on this refreshing beverage. Alternatively, you can put your blender to work to create thick, frosty versions — tiny umbrellas optional, but strongly encouraged!

Tropical Harvest Cocktail

TROPIC HARVEST COCKTAIL:

In a cocktail shaker, muddle:

  • 3 thin English cucumber slices
  • 3 snips of fresh organic Italian parsley (fresh basil is awesome too!)
  • Selection of your favorite exotic fruit.  As close to ripe as possible.  We chose 2 slices each of kiwi, mango, and starfruit.

Add to your cocktail shaker:

  • A handful of ice cubes
  • 2 ounces Aviation American Gin
  • 1 ounce simple syrup (optional – if the fruit is super ripe and sweet, you can omit this)

Cover and shake until the drink is thoroughly chilled, pour into a highball glass, fill the glass with soda water, top with 5 drops of grapefruit bitters, and stir. Garnish with starfruit and/or cucumber slice.

Cheers!

-Kelly Gajer, Aviation Team Member

 

Cocktail Pairings: Vietnamese-Style Fish with Turmeric and Dill + Aviation Martini

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Most food lovers have the classic pairings essentially memorized: pinot noir with mushrooms and earthy vegetables, cab with steak, sauvignon blanc with greens, and so on. In recent years, though, more and more chefs and bartenders have been paying attention to pairing cocktails with meals, and the principles remain the same — to look for a balance of flavors by either complementing or contrasting. Sharp and sharp mirror each other beautifully as Parmesan cheese and negronis; meanwhile, the contrasting approach has citrusy, crisp sherry cobblers cutting through the richness of duck for a pairing much greater than the sum of its parts.

This particular dish, Vietnamese-style fish with turmeric and dill (Cha Ca Than Long, originally posted at Culinary Chronicles), has a lot going on, especially when paired with an Aviation American Gin martini. As such, there are both complementary and contrasting elements.

I love Asian food with dry white wine, and a martini is really just a boozier expression of that pairing. The herbal notes in a dry vermouth and a fragrant citrus twist mimic my favorite characteristics in food-friendly white wine, while Aviation adds a woodsy, spicy, warming backbone. It’s a spirit-forward cocktail for a dish that can stand up to it, with loads of spice and complexity in its own right. The flavors are at once bright and deep; there’s a strong savory fish sauce base, and fragrant spiciness from fresh ginger.

What takes it over the top for me is fresh dill — lots and lots of fresh dill. It’s rarely recognized as a traditional southeast Asian herb; most often, you’ll see Thai basil or cilantro. Surprisingly (at least it was for me), dill is actually quite common in the cuisines of Laos and northern Vietnam. Here, it shows up in main-ingredient quantities, as opposed to the modest sprinklings herbs are usually relegated to.

Naturally, if you’re not up for cooking, an Aviation Martini doesn’t discriminate against takeout, either. No one delivers martinis last time we checked, but thankfully, those are as simple as cocktails get.

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Ingredients for fish
  • 1 pound white mild fish, such as cod, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauch
  • 1 teaspoon powdered tumeric
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons shallots, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 green onions, green and pale green parts only, cut into 1-inch sections
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 bunch dill, tough stems removed
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 8-oz package of rice noodles, cooked according to package directions (for serving)
  • 1/2 cup roasted unsalted peanuts, chopped (for serving)
  • 1-2 fresh red Thai chiles, sliced thin (optional, for serving)

Preparation

  1. To marinate the fish, combine the fish sauce, turmeric, garlic, ginger, shallots, 1 tablespoon dill, and about 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper in a large bowl. Mix marinade and add fish, turning to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  2. Heat up 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil in a large skillet. Add the sliced onion and cook until soft and slightly translucent, then add 1/3 of the dill bunch, as well as about half of the green onion. Cook for another 1-2 minutes, then transfer everything to a plate and set aside.
  3. Heat up the remaining 2 tablespoons of the vegetable oil in the same skillet. Remove fish from the marinade and pat off excess marinade with paper towels. Pan-fry the fish in two batches for 2-4 minutes on each side, until golden brown and cooked through.
  4. Divide prepared rice noodles among 4 plates, then top with sauteed onion/dill mixture and fish. Top with remaining fresh dill and green onions, as well as the peanuts and red Thai chiles.

Ingredients for Aviation Martini

  • 1 1/2 ounces Aviation American Gin
  • 3/4 dry vermouth (Dolin Blanc used here)
  • Lemon twist, for garnish

Preparation

  1. Combine Aviation and vermouth in an ice-filled mixing glass and stir until thoroughly chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with lemon twist.

Here’s to eating and drinking well all winter!

-Danguole Lekaviciute, Aviation Team Member

 

Make-A-Gift Day

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Make-a-Gift Day is December 3rd, and I so appreciate the intrinsic value of gift-giving. Particularly gifts which make a “tailored-just-for-you” declaration to the receiver. The whole definition of what a thoughtfully crafted gift embodies: altruistic expressionism, makes me glow from the inside out.

I’m not the kind of gift-giver grabbing randomly for trinkets and baubles and gewgaws, to get as many folks crossed off of my shopping list as possible. My mother always said, “Don’t get them something that’s going to sit on a shelf and collect dust.” Do you want to spend a weekend afternoon dusting off an endless collection of knick-knacks which impart no sentimental attachment whatsoever; and from people, mind you, who meant well, but who obviously gave a millisecond of a thought towards the item?

Let’s avoid the mind-numbing and ungraceful fall down the rabbit hole looking for gifts. And let’s stop morphing into simplicity-mode for the sake of getting it over with, and gifting the always trending gift card: retail’s ultimate default present.

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For the cocktail cultured gurus on your list, holiday “Make-a-Gift” giving is a no-brainer. Like foodies who gravitate towards kitchen gadgets, imbibers of finely crafted spirits are attracted to all things batch distilled, along with cool barware to complement their mixologist skills. Putting together a special cocktail kit is one unique and reusable gift that will have the receiver smiling every time they shake, stir or blend a spirited concoction. There are limitless combinations!

Consider giving a thoughtful, homemade present this year, with Aviation American Gin as the centerpiece. A delicious, painstakingly crafted gin which exposes the palette to the fine traditions of small batch distillation. Here are some great suggestions to get your gears turning:

A bottle of award-winning Aviation American Gin, a Bull in China hand-blown mixing glass, a set of high ball glasses, a stylish ice cube tray, a 4-pack of ginger beer (Fentimans is remarkably delicious), a couple of fresh limes and a pack of Scrappy’s hand-crafted small batch bitters. They’ll be whipping up delicious, crowd-pleasing Mile High Mule cocktails with pride.

Streamline the gift with a pair of vintage stemmed Coupe glasses, a bottle of Aviation American Gin, an Aviation cocktail shaker, and a homemade bottle of clover honey syrup*. Bee Knees anyone?

Tea aficionados on your list? In a round vintage hat box, lined with crinkled tissue paper or shredded raffia, pack a set of Irish coffee mugs, a bottle of Aviation American Gin, a small bottle of Yellow Chartreuse liqueur, a box of loose cut Chamomile tea, a mesh tea ball, a homemade bottle of honey syrup* and a couple of fresh limes and TA-DA, you’ve just gifted a Chamomile Hot Toddy kit.

Please click on the “Cocktails” tab after you read this blog for more exciting Aviation Gin drink recipes. It might just inspire you to “make” even more gifts! Happy Holidays!

*Clover Honey Syrup recipe:

Combine equal parts honey to heated water and stir until honey is dissolved, let cool. Pour into a vintage apothecary bottle and tie with a tag and a gold metallic bow!

-Kelly Gajer, Aviation Team Member

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

It is that time again, my friends. The time to buy stuff for people we know, some of whom we love, for a holiday that we are vaguely familiar with.

I kid, I kid!

It’s the holiday season and many of you are no doubt looking for grown-up stocking stuffers/tools for facilitating debauchery. And we have those in spades at our House Spirits PDX (Portland International Airport) location.

For that traveler in your family, grab a couple of The Carryon Cocktail Kits.

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In my most humble opinion, Gin and Tonics suit the holidays better than summer. They are the perfect complement for holiday dinners. Potato latkes, turkey, stuffing, and green bean casserole pack a heavy punch. Gin and tonic, on the other hand, is light on the tongue and the botanicals in Aviation Gin are a pretty fierce digestive opener (very important for the most dignified holiday tradition of stuffing one’s face). But to have a great Gin and Tonic, you need more than gin. Behold The Carryon Cocktail Kit Gin and Tonic. It’s a travel-sized cocktail that includes a mini jigger, cloth napkin, mini spoon, a recipe card, and a bottle of tonic. All you need to add is some Aviation Gin to complete it.

If you want to add a little flare to your G & T, check out the Gin and Titonic ice cubes. Yes, you heard that right: a little tongue-in-cheek reference to the story of the Titanic, which I will assume you all know.

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If you’re a bit unsure about my over-confident assertion that Gin and Tonics are the cocktail for the holiday season, try a Mile High Mule Carryon Cocktail Kit. To really put a cherry on someone’s holiday sundae, get them a proper Mule Mug for their cocktail. We are carrying a beautiful line of handmade copper mugs from This Is Folklore Company, a local artist here in Portland, Oregon. My favorite is the all-seeing eye, but there are many other magnificent designs to choose from.

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Be sure to stop by our PDX kiosk and pick up some gifts for your more adult friends and family! See you soon.

-Carlene Ostedgaard, Aviation Team Member

Saturn Punch

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Here come the holidays! The intensity of it all is staggering, isn’t it? Now, I don’t know about you, but I’ve barely had time to take down and pack away the plastic pumpkins, bats and skeletons. I haven’t even thought to sit quietly and pen my Thanksgiving dinner shopping list, let alone figure out the logistics of my annual Christmas party. I have to keep reminding myself that it isn’t worth getting upset over. Most of us test the limits of our sanity, we know it’s coming. In full force. Getting caught in the vortex of holiday madness; it’s all part of the fun, when you stop and think about it. DON’T STOP AND THINK ABOUT IT. Until February.

 
Once you’ve carefully crafted your shopping/gifting/baking/decorating/caroling strategies – and exhale – all that’s left to do is celebrate! This part of the planning process is always the most fun for me. Fervently pacing the aisles of my local grocery store; on the lookout for unique, affordable, mouthwatering munchies. Delectable hors d’ Oeuvre combinations which surrender my guest’s palates to limitless zesty, aromatic and savory sensations. And this includes cocktails. The artisan crafted-cocktail and beer movement has become so advanced, if I even made an attempt to try and conceive a craft-cocktail bar, it would stretch across the living room. That said, making every guest happy around the bar can break the bank. So, while my holiday party, food-wise becomes much more memorable when it embodies a timeless cornucopia of unquestionably delicious delights; getting the drinks proportional to each person’s preference can be challenging. Until now.

 
There will be wine of course, and some seasonal beer choice. But, leave the Eggnog where it belongs, in the dairy case. Hide the Schnapps. There is a simpler way to get your guests to imbibe and be spirit-compliant: serve punch. Not your grandmother’s punch either; with the floating orange sherbet iceberg. This year, wow every guest with a punch that blends together flavors which are at once silky and creamy, yet evoke all of the amazing perennial flavors which grace our senses during this magical time of the season. Create the masterpiece which is Saturn Punch! The brilliance of this cocktail is its presentation functionality. It can be made as a traditional self-serve punchbowl potion, or shaken individually and served as a frothy cocktail.

Saturn Punch

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Ingredients

  • 2 oz Aviation American Gin
  • Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice (I use Simply Orange brand)
  • Crushed Ice (for shaking individually and to fill cocktail glasses)
  • Scrappys brand Orange Bitters
  • BG Reynolds Syrups
    • 2 tsp. Passionfruit
    • 1 tsp. Oregat (Almond and cane sugar)
    • 2 tsp. Falernum (ginger, clove, almond, fresh lime)

Preparation

  1. Shake until frothy with crushed ice
  2. Pour into a highball glass
  3. Top with 3 drops Scrappy’s Orange Bitters
  4. Garnish with fresh orange or pear slices

Mixing instructions for punch (quantities contingent upon guest count):

  • 1 750ml bottle Aviation American Gin
  • 1 1.75L bottle Simply Orange Juice
  • 1 bottle BG Reynolds Passionfruit syrup
  • 1 bottle BG Reynolds Falernum syrup
  • ½ bottle BG Reynolds Oregat syrup
  • 1 bottle Scrappy’s Orange Bitters near the punch bowl for guests to discover
  • Additional serving suggestions:
    • A small framed sign next to the bitters will enhance your guests’ experience
    • Add your favorite sparkling Cava or Prosecco and take Saturn Punch to a whole new level!

Cheers!

-Kelly Gajer + Brandon Waddell + Courtney Lindstrom, Aviation Team Members

The Up & Up

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Tucked away beneath busy MacDougal Street in New York’s Greenwich Village is The Up & Up, a cozy cocktail den that offers a respite from the outside world. The cocktail menu features many impressive and creative concoctions, including the Window Seat, one of the best drinks I have had in a while.

Window Seat

By: Jordan Schwartz, The Up & Up

  • 1.5 oz Aviation American Gin
  • .5 oz Dimmi
  • .75 oz fresh lemon juice
  • .75 oz honey syrup (2:1 honey:water)
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Absinthe rinse

    Rinse chilled cocktail glass with absinthe and discard excess liquid. Shake all ingredients together and strain into the glass.

Cheers!

-Claire Bertin-Lang, Aviation Team Member

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