Order of Neptune {an aquavit mezcal cocktail}

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.

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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.

Order of Neptune : an aquavit mezcal cocktail : onemartini.com

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.

Order of Neptune
 
The savory flavors of aquavit are combined with tequila, mezcal and sherry ....
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 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
Directions
  1. Add all ingredients except for garnish to a mixing glass and fill with ice.
  2. Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. 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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Jessica Torres is the chief cocktail creator here at One Martini. Outside of the internet, she works at DEATH & TAXES (a bar) and midtown eats (a restaurant) in Reno, Nevada. When not working, Jessica can be found working out, spending time with her family or attempting to nap. Subscribe to our newsletter to get all of the latest cocktail creations delivered directly to your inbox.

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