Sunday, October 2, 2011

Trondheim Cocktail

The second of two Manhattan variations, born from the need to use an old(ish) bottle of Linie.

1 ½ oz aquavit
1 oz dry vermouth (Noilly Prat, please)
1 tsp thyme syrup (an easy and useful simple syrup)
3 dashes Angostura bitters

Again - stir and strain, rocks optional.

Some writers (such as Jason Moore) say that aquavit is difficult to mix with, but I disagree.  It has a predominant caraway flavor with plenty of oaky, herbal tones, which can be built up and accentuated to balance the whole.  I think this cocktail in particular accomplishes that task, squeezing itself into the space between a Dry Manhattan and a Martinez (the Martini's sweeter supposed ancestor).  Thyme syrup is easy to make at home and plays nicely with a whole range of ingredients.

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