Thursday, February 10, 2011

Tamil Nadu Cocktail

My housemate has headed off to an Indian dinner with an old friend. I’m babysitting the dog and playing in the bar. (The canid is a little impatient and grumpy.) I have a drawer full of citrus, and the Mandarine Napoléon is already at hand from the previous cocktail. I’ve mixed two versions of this, one with the addition of gin, one without. Still deciding.

Tamil Nadu Cocktail

  • 2 oz North Shore aquavit (variation: 50 percent Tanqueray)
  • 1/2 oz Domaine de Canton
  • 1/2 oz Mandarine Napoléon
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

North Shore aquavit has a cumin note that is incomparable in every sense of the word. It is perfect in Red Snappers (a.k.a. Bloody Marys) and in Indian-themed cocktails such as this one.

The gin version of this drink is lighter. The pure North Shore one is more intense.

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