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Juniper

Juniper Berries

When gin is discussed, you can’t get too far into it without mentioning Juniper. But this tree comes in many varieties given it’s ancient origins and quite a few are poisonous. Consequently the species Juniperus communis is what we use in Aviation American Gin, and is the generally accepted juniper for all gin. It is THE defining characteristic of the spirit itself.

For centuries juniper has been used in medicine and many alchemical processes employed alcohol as solvent. So one can only assume that eventually juniper soaked in alcohol evolved into something beyond a medical necessity and other desirable ingredients were also added. Given that so many essential oils are contained in the cone (not an actual berry) that list of ingredients must have come readily.

Primarily containing sugars, but also pinene, that unmistakable pine taste, limonene for herbal citrus qualities, and myrcene which is found in hops and cannabis amongst others. Just those flavors alone suggest a huge range of plants that could accompany in this delicious tincture known as ‘Dutch courage’. And given it’s range of potential, it’s no wonder pre-prohibition America was demanding it in most cocktails.

Our method for creating Aviation American Gin takes care to assure all these flavors and aromas are translated to the final product. By steeping our botanicals in spirit prior to a second distillation the oils are extracted to a higher degree and strict cuts during the second run assure they’re used to their full potential. This, to me, is why Aviation is the premier gin for cocktails.

Aviation Cocktail

Aviation Cocktail

And the list of classic gin cocktails is almost universally adored among the cocktail dedicated: Negroni, Martinez, Gimlet, Aviation, or the Corpse Reviver #2. Another staple is for sure the most controversial – The Singapore Sling. All drink makers seem to have their own version of this beverage and over time it was bastardized into obscurity excepting it’s strange cousin seen at lounge bars and Chinese restaurants.

To fully understand the magnitude of gin’s diversity I think there’s no better potpourri.

Singapore Sling

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Ingredients

  • 1½ ounces Aviation American Gin
  • 1½ ounces Pineapple juice
  • ½ ounce Cherry Heering
  • ½ ounce Lime juice
  • ¼ ounce Cointreau
  • ¼ ounce Bénédictine
  • ¼ ounce Grenadine
  • Dash of Angostura bitters

Shake all liquid ingredients with ice. Strain into a chilled Collins glass filled with ice. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and a pineapple leaf.

-Miles Munroe, Aviation Team Member

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