Friday, February 12, 2021

Over and Out (Death & Co. Recipe)


Death & Co. are renowned for their innovative cocktails back when there were none to be had. Their recipe book includes four akvavit recipes that are all winners; however, this one seems less innovative then the others. 

It's a well known fact that akvavit tastes great with tequila and citrus flavors like orange and grapefruit juice. The unusual part of this recipe is swapping out the typical juice with watermelon. Luckily, it being winter, Blue Monkey makes an excellent fresh watermelon juice in a can just for this occasion. 

Then I couldn't find celery bitters at the liquor store, so I quickly made them the night before: 3 tsp. celery seeds, 1 tsp. chopped celery leaves and an oz. of vodka. Allow to infuse for at least 3 hours.

This drink tastes so much of summer, it is hard to express. And I really wanted to have a summer drink in the middle of a snow storm. Sometimes our preferences are oppositional to our surroundings, which is what cocktails are all about. 

  • 1 oz. blanco tequila (Sauza used)
  • 1 oz. akvavit (homemade with MurLarkey Justice white whiskey used)
  • 3/4 oz. lime juice
  • 3/4 oz. watermelon juice (Blue Monkey used)
  • 1/2 oz. sugar syrup
  • 1 dash celery bitters
  • 1 dash orange bitters 
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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