This drink uses Akvavit that my wife made for me for Christmas, which is pretty much the most awesome gift ever. It’s also delicious. If your wife is less awesome than mine, you can get Akvavit (aka Aquavit) at many good-sized liquor stores.
So what is it? It’s a spiced neutral spirit, like vodka, with the principal flavor being caraway or dill. This one uses caraway. It’s also got lemon and orange peel, and a whole host of other good stuff. It does not have sugar, however — it’s more like a spiced rum than a liqueur.
The drink is basically a Manhattan using Aquavit instead of whiskey. Since aquavit is spiced (but not sweetened), that means it’s got a bit more depth while still being simple to make and delicious to drink.
- 2.5 oz. Aquavit (Homemade. Sub Linie)
- .75 oz. Sweet Vermouth (I like Carpano Antica)
- Dash Orange Bitters (I used The Bitter Truth)
- Dash Aromatic Bitters (Fee Brothers for this recipe)
Combine ingredients in a pint glass over ice and stir thoroughly. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe. Garnish with an orange twist.
This article is a modified and enhanced version of a post that ran on my nightly cocktail blog, DrinkShouts.