The sun is shining, the weekend has arrived and it's time to put your feet up and pour yourself the ultimate summer cocktail: a gin and tonic. Whether you garnish your G&T with a wedge of lemon, lime, or cucumber, it's an earthy yet refreshing classic cocktail that's synonymous with summer.
There are a number of new American gins that are making waves, and Portland's Aviation Gin is an award-winning distillery that's ranking high amongst its competitors. It's considered a New Western Dry Gin that's known for making full use of the "rich, floral and savory flavor notes of alternative botanicals such as lavender, cardamom, and Indian sarsaparilla to capture the lushness, spice, creativity, and freshness of the Pacific Northwest."
Happen to be visiting Portland and fancy a tour? The House Spirits Distillery and Store is open to visitors Tuesday through Saturday from 11am - 6pm, and Sunday from 12pm - 5pm. Tours open to the public take place each Saturday at 1pm and 3pm.
Want to make your own gin and tonic at home? It's simple, and you don't need any fancy ingredients:
5 oz tonic water
1 lime wedge