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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

The Perfect Picnic Punch

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Every once in a while I attend an event or gathering where I am asked to provide a cocktaily beverage for more than five people. After five people, or when the goods have to travel it’s punch that I make. For picnics punch is the perfect way to make a fun, festive beverage in the easiest manner possible. Don’t get me wrong, I agree with David Wondrich who attests that punches are both nuanced of flavor and historical in origin. But, as a stepmom, dog owner, working gal, and woman with a fairly busy social roster there is nothing easier than pouring a bunch of liquids into a bowl, garnishing, and providing cups and a ladle. Not surprisingly, the results are usually beautiful and always appreciated by guests.

A few tips:
Keep all liquids chilled until mixing.
Freeze cubes of juice so that when they melt they do not dilute the punch.
Don’t even add ice to the punch if the guests have access to ice for their glasses.
Freeze fruits like limes, oranges, and berries to add as garnishes and keep punch cool.
Mix everything at the picnic spot.

Gypsy Rose Punch

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  • 1 bottle of Aviation American Gin
  • 1/2 bottle of Krogstad Festlig Aquavit
  • 2 bottles (1.5 liters) of cheap Rose
  • 2 liters of grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 liter of Limeade
  • 30 drops/10 dashes Orange Bitters
  • A handful or two of pink rose petals (for flavor and garnish)
  • Slices of lime and orange (for garnish)
  • Large punch bowl

Pour all liquids into the bowl, add orange bitters, and stir with ladle. (It’s seriously that easy!) Place half of the rose petals in bowl and stir very gently, this helps to release some of the yummy rose essential oils from the petals. Top with remaining rose petals, limes, and oranges. Serve and imbibe the endless compliments.

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I am certain Ms. Gypsy Rose Lee herself would attest to the nutritive and humectant qualities of this botanical rose and citrus punch. And, the burlesque star lived out of a caravan for most of her young life, so an elegant picnic punch is something she might much enjoy.

-Rena Hartman, Aviation Team Member

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