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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

Black Friday

As Black Friday approaches and anticipation or maybe dread for shopping lines builds up, I find that it is the perfect time to sit back and enjoy a cocktail. The holidays are a stressful time, so every November I like to treat myself to my favorite winter drink; The Winter Southside. It has the tart quality of cranberry, the spice of anise, herbaceous sage, and a sweet Aviation American Gin finish.

The Winter Southside


  • 2 oz Aviation American Gin
  • 1 oz Freshly pressed lime juice
  • 3 Sage leaves
  • 1/2 Raw cranberry juice
  • 3/4 oz Star anise/allspice simple syrup*


  1. In a pint glass, muddle the sage leaves
  2. Add spirits & mixers
  3. Fill with ice & shake vigorously
  4. Fine strain into a cocktail glass
  5. Garnish with a sage leaf
  6. *To make star anise/ allspice simple syrup; combine 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 2 star anise pods and teaspoon of allspice berries in a saucepan and bring to a boil, remove from heat and let sit for 15 minutes. Strain and chill before use.
Prepare yourself for a refreshing zip to warm you up during the holidays and guaranteed to be a holiday party pleaser.
-Richelle Thorpe, Retail Manager

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