Aviation Gin

Aviation Gin is a batch distilled dry style American Gin from House Spirits Distillery, a USA-based distillery in Portland, Oregon, co-owned by NFL player Joe Montana.

Made from a 100% neutral rye base, the gin is floral on the nose with subtle botanicals of juniper, lavender, cardamom and anise.

Aviation Gin
Aviation Gin – Styling & Photo by Kevin Burke

The brand name is inspired by the classic Aviation Cocktail which is a mix of gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette and lemon juice, a drink that dates back to the early twentieth century.

Citrus flavours are evident on the palate, with notes of cardamom, sarsaparilla and lavender, the latter is more subdued than on the nose. Soft and smooth, it has a creamy mouthfeel and a warming finish. Aviation Gin (42% ABV) is well suited to gin and tonic, Martinis and in cocktails such as Melancholy Baby from TheLoft in Sydney.

Aviation Gin has recently introduced a new bottle design with a square flask-like shape and classic aircraft imagery on the label.

Aviation Gin is featured in our Top 10 Gins article.


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.