Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Aalborg Variations

It’s aquavit time again. Some months ago, I promised (threatened?) to post more experiments with aquavit in 19th-century cocktails, and today I have a Martinez. I’ll also show you a classic but more contemporary offering in the style of the Moscow Mule.

Danish Martinez
  • 1 1/2 oz aquavit (Aalborg)
  • 1 1/2 oz sweet vermouth (Dolin Rouge)
  • 2 tsp maraschino
  • 2 dashes Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. I used an orange twist here, getting a nice spray of the oil before dropping it in.

The ingredients are from Imbibe! with proportions au Boudreau. The orange twist is inspired by the orange bitters in the Boudreau version as well.

The rich sweetness of the 19th-century style tones down the caraway a lot. People who don’t like caraway might be able to handle this. For something a little more bracing, you could try the next one. The people who dislike caraway might find this next drink pretty mild too, so to up the ante, I introduced another ingredient people find obnoxious.

The Cilantro Moose
  • 3 oz aquavit (Aalborg)
  • juice of half a lime
  • 3 stems cilantro (set aside one for garnish)
  • ginger beer (Fever Tree)
Squeeze half a lime in the mixing glass and drop in 2 of the cilantro stems. Crush them flat with a muddler. Add aquavit and ice; stir. Strain into tall glasses. Add fresh ice and fill with ginger beer. Garnish with reserved stem of cilantro.

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