We thought that we would celebrate the first circumnavigation of the globe by air with four Aviation Gin Cocktails.
It was on this date 98 years ago (6th April 1924) that eight U.S. Army Air Service pilots and their mechanics took off in four planes from Seattle on the west coast to embark upon the first circumnavigation of the globe by air. 175 days later they completed their journey, having made 74 stops and covering over 27,550 miles. The four planes were named after four American cities: Seattle, Chicago, Boston and New Orleans.
So, there is perhaps no better way to celebrate this notable date than with an Aviation American Gin cocktail. And just three days later on 9th April it is US G&T Day, to make it a double celebration this month and the perfect drink to toast American history.
For those of you who don’t know, Aviation American Gin is owned by Hollywood actor and producer Ryan Reynolds and is made in Portland, Oregon.
Our first gin cocktail is the Aviation American G&T, which is made with 45ml Aviation American Gin, 90ml Tonic Water, Lemon Wheel and Lime Wheel.
Simply pour a measure of gin into a glass filled with ice and top with tonic water, then gently stir and garnish with the lemon and lime wheel.
Our second cocktail is The Aviation, made with 45ml Aviation American Gin, 15ml Maraschino Liqueur, 15ml Lemon Juice, 10ml Simple Syrup and 1 tsp Crème De Violette.
Put all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and give it a good shake, before straining into a coupe glass with ice. Finally garnish it with a brandied cherry.
Next up is the Aviation Negroni, for which you will need 30ml Aviation American Gin, 30ml Campari and 30 ml Sweet Vermouth. Add all the ingredients into a glass filled with ice and then add a fresh twist of orange peel.
Our fourth and final cocktail is the Aviation American Gin Cosmo which is made with 45ml Aviation American Gin, 20ml Sweet Vermouth, 10ml Maraschino Liqueur and Dashes of Bitters.
Combine all the ingredients into mixing glass with ice. Then stir and strain into a glass before topping with dashes of bitters and finally garnish with a lemon peel for the perfect Cosmo.
For more information on this exquisitely refined gin, please visit www.aviationgin.com.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.
Photographs courtesy of Aviation American Gin