“Here, see if you can make me something with this”, the liquor rep taunted as he dropped a bottle of aquavit on the bar. If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I don’t really work that well under pressure. I try, but it literally takes me weeks to come up with a new drink that I’m happy with. Maybe I’m slow, maybe I’m a perfectionist, doesn’t matter: I hate it when I have to work under pressure.
So I was especially vexed when this particular wiseass handed me a bottle of aquavit. For those of you who don’t know, is a traditional Scandinavian liquor flavored with caraway and – typically – other herbs such as fennel and anise. It’s delicious, but it’s unique and isn’t known for its superb mixability.
However, I knew the liquor boob was insinuating that I might not be able to rise to the challenge, so I whipped this up (after about three false starts). A small handful of visitors to the bar at Clyde Common have suggested that it might be one of the best drinks I’ve come up with so far, but I’ll let you be the judge of that. I just think it tastes delicious.
Norwegian Wood Print Me
- 1 oz/30 ml aquavit
- 1 oz/30 ml applejack
- ¾ oz/22.5 ml sweet vermouth
- ¼ oz/7.5 ml yellow Chartreuse
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass.
- Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail coupe.
- Garnish with a large twist of lemon peel and serve.
Recipe printed courtesy of jeffreymorgenthaler.com