I find gin cocktails to be delicious. On a trip to Portland this spring where the only mission, was, in fact, to drink new things, I tried a new-to-me gin that I l-o-v-e.
Back story: We stayed at the Benson, a downtown hotel that felt very grand and had a fantastic bar, where I ordered a cocktail called the Baby Dill, made with a lovely herbal gin — Aviation gin from Portland — and muddled cucumbers and dill. After the first sip, I swore I could drink 18 of them, and I probably came close during my week-long stay.
Then, about halfway through my 18-Baby Dill pledge, we toured House Spirits Distillery, which makes Aviation gin:
We got a peek at the distillery and the little tasting room next door called the Apothecary, a space so charming that if you’re not careful, you’ll be charmed into buying a bottle of white dog, which is no bueno. (Stick to the gin.)
Love everything about this operation, including the clean, medicinal look of some of its spirits’ packaging. House’s products haven’t made it to the Midwest yet, so I felt justified in drinking Aviation like water while in Portland.