For years now I have been reading and hearing about aquavit but had never actually experienced it. That is, until my trip to Portland a few months back when I finally had one at Clyde Commons. If I remember correctly it was their barrel aged version of the Trident cocktail. That drink led to me buying a bottle to play around with at home which in turn led me to this aquavit mezcal cocktail.
Like gin, aquavit is at its core a flavored vodka. Distilled from grain or potato, it is infused with a variety of spices and herbs to create a very unique product. Ingredients such as cinnamon, coriander, fennel, anise, dill and caraway can all be used in this Scandinavian spirit. I highly recommend trying some at a bar if you don’t want to commit to buying a bottle at first. If you’re like me, after a taste you’ll be hunting down a bottle for your home collection.
Anyway, I really liked the combination of aquavit and sherry in the Trident cocktail. And since I’m also on mezcal kick right now I thought it would be fun to combine some smokiness with the savory flavors of aquavit. To not overpower the drink with smoke, I also used a little tequila. I liked equal parts of all four ingredients for this aquavit mezcal cocktail but if you play around with ratios and find something better, let me know.
- ¾ ounce Linie Aquavit
- ¾ ounce mezcal
- ¾ ounce tequila blanco
- ¾ ounce Pedro Ximenez sherry
- 2 dashes Xocolatl mole bitters
- Orange peel for garnish
- Add all ingredients except for garnish to a mixing glass and fill with ice.
- Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Express the oil of the orange peel over the drink, rub around the rim and drop in the glass before enjoying.
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