I love the savory qualities of Aquavit. For those unfamiliar with it, Aquavit/Akvavit is Scandinavian in origin and distilled from grain or potatoes and flavored with various spices including caraway, dill, coriander, fennel, anise, cardamom, and cumin. Using Aquavit as the base, I made a style of cocktail known as a Daisy, which traditionally includes the following: spirit, citrus, sweetener, and soda.
This isn’t a Campari on the rocks or a Rum Cannonball (whatever that is!) but I think Papa Steve would approve.
2 Dashes Scrappy’s Cardamom Bitters
4 Drops Coriander Tincture
¼ oz Tropical Spice Syrup*
¾ oz Lemon Juice
¾ Macadamia Orgeat
1 oz Dry Vanilla Soda
1 oz Pedro Ximénez Sherry
2 oz Earl Grey Infused-Bull Run Regnig Dag Aquavit
Nutmeg, grated, for garnish
Add everything except vanilla soda to a shaker filled with ice and shake. Add soda to tin and strain into a tea cup with a few ice cubes. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.
*Tropical Spice Syrup
1 Pineapple (Rind & Core)
1 dried chipotle pepper
1 Cinnamon stick (crushed)
1 Star Anise (crushed)
Handful Cloves (10-15)
1.5 cups Water
1.5 cups Sugar
Bring everything to a boil except sugar, let simmer for 2 hours
Strain out solids and return water to saucepan, adding sugar, and stirring frequently until the sugar is completely dissolved. Cool at room temperature and bottle.
Well if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go on an overnight drunk, and in 10 days I’m going to set out to find the shark that ate my friend and destroy it. Anyone who’ll care to join me is more than welcome.