Notable Bartender - Aviation American Gin

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Notable Bartender


What’s your name? Rich T Heider II

When did you start with HSD? I started at HSD in February 2013

What’s your territory? Arizona

Favorite HSD product? This must be a trick question. I love ALL the HSD products, but I’ll tell you my favorite way to drink each one! Westward, on 1 large ice cube.  Coffee Liqueur, straight.  Aquavit, in a North Side cocktail (south side with Aquavit instead of gin).  Gamle Aquavit, neat. Last but not least, Aviation. I like it in gin and tonics, it goes great in Last Words, French 75’s, negronis and anything with citrus.
Where did you get your bartending skills?  I started at Dave & Buster’s and got my volume/speed there. I moved to the cocktail side when Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric of Employees Only came out and trained us when I opened J&G Steakhouse at the Phoenician. I’ve been hooked ever since, and try to pick up ideas and skills from all the amazing bartenders I’ve been fortunate to work with, since.
Southwest Cooler
Aviation American Gin Southest Cooler

  • 1.5 OZ Aviation American Gin
  • .5 OZ Freshly pressed lemon juice
  • .5 OZ Simple syrup
  • .25 OZ Prickly pear
  • Pinch of mint
In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients. Add ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a Collins glass.Top with club soda. Garnish with Mint Sprig and a lemon twist.

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