For April’s cocktail of the month we’re travelling to Scandinavia, specifically Norway and Denmark. We are using Aalborg akvavit from Denmark, a clear spirit distilled from corn with the addition of various botanicals but predominantly caraway.
Norway has strict liquor laws and excessive liquor taxes which inhibits the consumption of alcohol. But Norway’s national drink is akevitt and it is traditionally served at holidays chilled and straight out of the bottle.
Unlike Norway, alcohol has been part of the Danish culture for hundreds of years. There is no law about alcohol consumption in Denmark, but there is a law about alcohol purchase. Teenagers must be 16 to purchase alcohol, and are not allowed in nightclubs until 18.
We are enjoying a Danish martini:
- 3 oz.Aalborg akvavit
- ½ oz. dry vermouth
Pour into a cocktail shaker with crushed ice; shake & strain into a chilled martini glass; garnish with an olive; enjoy!
and a Norwegian Fjord:
- 1.5 oz. cognac
- .5 oz. Aalborg akvavit
- .5 oz. orange juice
- .5 oz. lime juice
- Splash of grenadine syrup
Pour into a cocktail shaker with crushed ice; shake & strain into a highball glass; garnish with a slice of orange; and enjoy!
Check out more exciting drink recipes at http://www.drinksecrets.com/drinks and http://cocktailsandcologne.wordpress.com/2010/10/22/drinking-out-aquavit-cocktails-at-clover-club . For more information on Denmark’s liquor culture click on http://alcoholcultureindenmark.webbyen.dk .
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