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National Aviation Day


It’s National Aviation Day, which seems to be a fitting holiday to celebrate given our name. In honor of the special day we wanted to give you a quick history lesson on the Aviation Cocktail, as well as our own gin.

The Aviation Cocktail was first created by Hugo Ensslin, a bartender in New York. In 1916 he published Recipes for Mixed Drinks, a compilation of cocktail recipes. His recipe included the ingredient Crème de Violette, which gave it the sky blue color. Nearly a century later in the summer 2005, Ryan Magarian and House Spirits Distillery joined together in hopes of creating a unique and complex botanical blend. Nearly a year and 30 trials later, Aviation American Gin was born. As they say, the rest was history. So, grab some Aviation American Gin and mix up your own Aviation Cocktail in honor of today’s holiday!

The Aviation Cocktail 



  • 1 1/2 oz Aviation American Gin
  • 1 tsp Crème de Violette
  • 1/2 oz Maraschino Liqueur
  • 3/4 oz Freshly pressed lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz Simple syrup


  1. In a pint glass, add spirits & mixers
  2. Fill with ice and shake vigorously
  3. Fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  4. Garnish with a cherry on a pick

-Alex Hutchinson, Marketing Intern



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