For this cocktail, we used New Alchemy Distilling’s Fyllengst Aquavit. Aquavit is a distilled spirit, originating in Scandinavia. After being distilled with grain or potatoes, it is flavored with spices and herbs, most commonly, caraway and/or dill seed. This one specifically is distilled with wheat and rice, for what New Alchemy calls a “uniquely west cost inspiration of this scandanavian staple.”
We love to use New Alchemy because all of their spirits are carefully distilled to be enjoyed neat, or have great flavor for mixing cocktails.
While this cocktail is great for any morning, we feel that it’s extra fitting for Easter weekend. Thanks to Liquor.com for the excellent cocktail inspiration!
Let’s Get Shakin’
3 ounces carrot juice
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce honey syrup*
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon caper or olive brine
1 1/2 ounces aquavit or vodka
Garnish: pimenton salt rim**
Garnish: dill sprig
Coat the rim of your glass with Pimenton salt and fill with ice.
Combine all ingredients through brine into a cocktail shaker, fill with ice, and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into prepared glass over fresh ice, garnish with a sprig of dill or parsley and enjoy.
*To make honey syrup combine equal parts honey and hot water until honey is fully dissolved. Cool and keep in refrigerator for up to 1 month in an airtight container.
**Pimenton salt rim: Combine 1 tablespoon smoked sweet paprika, 1 tablespoon salt and 1/2 tablespoon cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Mixture will create enough to rim at least a dozen glasses.
…but am I going to like it?
Getting to know your palate, what you like, and what you don’t like is a critical part of being a great craft tippler AND key to becoming a great home bartender as well!
So before you break out that barware and buy the key ingredients, here’s a little guidance on what to expect from this cocktail so you can start to hone in on exactly what elements of cocktails you enjoy and which you’d prefer to minimize. This helps you order new cocktails you love when you’re out on the town better as well!
- Sweet 60% 60%
- Sour 60% 60%
- Spiritous 40% 40%
- Refreshing 60% 60%
- Complex/Funky/Unique 30% 30%