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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

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

 

Juniper Shortbread with Aviation Gin Icing

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Unlike fruit cake, holiday cookies are a tradition without much room for improvement. They’re easy, they’re festive, they’re fun to make, and even when they’re not the best, they’re still enjoyable. A cookie, like Adele, can do no wrong.

That said, there are some ways to take them to the next level, especially if you’re an adult who’s had your fill of red and green sanding sugar and sprinkles. We’re talking about alcohol, of course; Aviation American Gin to be specific. The icing on this juniper-flecked shortbread has a whole 3-4 tablespoons of the good stuff, and definitely tastes like Aviation: aromatic, spicy, floral, and undoubtedly boozy. I used the icing itself sparingly, but since we’re all grownups here, feel free to use as much as your gin-loving heart desires.

As for the shortbread base, adding juniper seemed like a natural move. It’s not a common flavor in desserts, but its piney, slightly citrusy character is especially well suited for the season. Think rosemary, but less herbal and more woodsy. I used 40 juniper berries (roughly a tablespoon) in the shortbread dough, crushed in a mortar and pestle. It seemed like a lot at the time, but actually ended up having a pretty subtle effect — I liked that, but would absolutely feel comfortable doubling to two tablespoons on the next go. A bit of lemon zest brightens and boosts the juniper’s citrusy notes, and the rest of the cookie story is familiar: butter (so much butter), sugar, and flour.

If being an adult in the middle of a busy, sometimes-stressful holiday season isn’t enough of an incentive to treat yourself, we’re going to have to remind you that December 4th is National Cookie Day. Have a cookie — or four. You deserve it!

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For shortbread:

  • 3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons juniper berries, depending on your fondness for juniper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For icing:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons Aviation American Gin

Crush the juniper berries thoroughly, using a mortar and pestle (in a pinch, you can also use a plastic bag and a rolling pin). Add the crushed juniper and lemon zest to the sugar and use your fingers to rub the juniper and lemon zest into the sugar to release the fragrant oils.

Using a handheld mixer, cream the butter and the sugar/juniper/lemon zest mixture until just combined. In a separate bowl, sift whisk together the flour and salt, then add them to the butter mixture. Use the mixer on low speed to mix the dough just until it starts to come together.

Transfer the dough to a floured surface and shape it into a disk (it’ll be a little crumbly). Wrap the disk in plastic and chill in the fridge for half an hour. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and prepare two large baking sheets by lining with parchment.

Roll out the dough to an even ½-inch thickness, then cut into small 1 ½-inch circles using a cutter. Transfer to prepared cookie sheets and bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. Cool completely before icing.

To make icing, combine powdered sugar and 3 tablespoons Aviation American Gin, until smooth. Add the additional tablespoon of Aviation if necessary to achieve the consistency you’d like. Use a piping bag or simply drizzle the icing over the cookies with a spoon.

-Danguole Lekaviciute, Aviation Team Member

 

Cooking with Juniper

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When people think of juniper, they often think of pine trees. Often overlooked in the kitchen, juniper, when used well, can be a really lovely flavor in food. I love the structure that juniper offers Aviation American Gin and thought it could have similar properties on my dinner plate.
I found this recipe from a 2013 Bon Appetit and while I changed it a lot, I bet this version is delicious too.
My much altered recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon juniper berries
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole peppercorns
  • 1 head of garlic cut in half, plus two unpeeled cloves
  • 5 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 pork chops, bone in
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter

Directions

  1. Boil 2 cups of water in a saucepan. Add salt, sugar, juniper, peppercorns, garlic half, and 2 sprigs of thyme. Stir until the sugar and salt have dissolved.
  2. Pour mixture into a bowl large enough to hold your pork and the mixture. Add 5 cups of ice cubes. Stir until ice cubes have melted and brine has cooled. Add the pork. Cover and chill for about 12 hours.
  3. When ready to cook, remove pork from brine and pat dry with paper towels.
  4. Heat oil in skillet (I used a cast-iron pan). Cook chops until they reach 135 degrees, turning every few minutes so as not to over brown.
  5. Remove pan from heat and add in butter, unpeeled garlic and remaining thyme sprigs. Stir until butter has melted (add back to heat if needed). Turn chops over in pan to coat both sides with the glaze.
  6. Allow pork to rest for about 15 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

-Kelly Sanders, Aviation Team Member

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

Aviation Gin-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

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A rose by any other name would smell as sweet indeed — and a sweet potato, though slightly (and only slightly) less romantic than a rose, tastes just as delicious when it is mislabeled as a yam.

The sweet potato/yam distinction has been a mystery to me for a while — and if you’re in the same boat, I let Google hurt my brain a little, so you don’t have to. The quick and dirty rundown goes like this: yams grow in Africa and, to a lesser extent, Asia, and most Americans have likely never eaten a yam. What we have in the States are sweet potatoes of two varieties: firm, with pale flesh, and soft, with orange flesh. Because of a need to distinguish the two, at some point, grocery stores started labeling the soft orange ones as yams. Tricky, but now that we know the real story, let’s grab a bottle of Aviation American Gin from the liquor cabinet for inspiration, and get cooking.

Cardamom, coriander, and dried orange peel are three of the seven botanicals in Aviation, and served as culinary muses here. I coated chunks of sweet potato (the soft, orange variety) in spices, orange zest, salt, and olive oil before roasting them, then finished with a glaze of honey, lemon juice, and a hefty splash of Aviation. A sprinkle of parsley for freshness, and some toasted hazelnuts for a delicious nod to our Oregon home, and we’re done here.

If you stick to the classic pureed sweet potatoes covered in a blanket of toasted marshmallow at Thanksgiving, do your thing come November 26th, but I highly suggest you bookmark these for another time. Roasting is hands-down my favorite way to cook vegetables — crispy edges and browned bits will turn just about anything into a truly special dish full of flavor, texture, and dare I say, good looks?

Happy holiday season to you and yours!

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Aviation Gin-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

  • 2 lbs orange-fleshed sweet potatoes (about 3 medium)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Zest of one orange (lemon will work too)
  • Salt

To glaze and finish:

  • 3 tablespoons Aviation American Gin
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Fresh chopped parsley and/or toasted hazelnuts

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Peel sweet potatoes and cut them into roughly 1-inch chunks. Spread them over a large baking sheet or casserole dish and combine with olive oil, coriander, cardamom, orange or lemon zest, and a couple pinches of salt. Toss to coat well and roast for 25-30 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together Aviation American Gin, honey, and lemon juice, and set aside.

Remove baking sheet or dish from oven and pour glaze over the sweet potatoes, tossing gently to coat. Roast for 15-20 minutes more, and gently turn them over with a spatula halfway through. Serve hot, sprinkled with fresh parsley and/or hazelnuts.

-Danguole Lekaviciute, Aviation Team Member

History of The Aviation Cocktail

 

Aviation Cocktail

The name of Aviation American Gin comes from the pre-prohibition cocktail named the Aviation Cocktail. It was featured in the last cocktail book published before prohibition (by the head bartender of the Hotel Wallick, in New York). Vintage American cocktails, including the Aviation, were made using gins that don’t exist anymore. Aviation American Gin is a revival of this gin style, and it works better than London Dry gins in cocktails.

Aviation Cocktail Recipe

Hugo Ensslin’s Aviation Recipe

Hugo Ensslin wrote the last cocktail book published before Prohibition, featuring his hotel bar’s renowned Aviation Cocktail.

Hugo Recipe's For Mixed Drinks

Give the classic Aviation Cocktail a try!

-Christina Shapalis, Aviation Team Member

Making Ginger Beer

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My latest weekend project was making homemade ginger beer using Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s recipe, which you can find here. Aside from waiting for Amazon to deliver my champagne yeast, the project was quick and delicious. With loads of ginger beer ready to be consumed in my fridge, the next logical step was making cocktails but my Netflix account was calling my name, so I only had time for this quick cocktail. 1 minute later, I was sitting on my couch, remote in hand!

1 1/2 oz Aviation American Gin
2 oz Ginger Beer
2 oz Soda water

I like my drinks tart but a little simple syrup wouldn’t hurt if you like yours a little sweeter. To make, pour everything into a glass with ice and stir. It’s just that simple.

-Kelly Sanders, Aviation Team Member

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