Sunday, March 3, 2019

Icelandic Air

The name for this drink came to me during a late winter cold snap. I wanted to create a drink with the chill and scent of Iceland's landscape. There's sea air, dry grasses, glacial frost and flowers in every breath of Iceland's air in summer. Brennivin is Iceland's native spirit, an aquavit with a strong caraway seed presence and light, clean taste.

In addition to aquavit, there's pomelo juice, sugar, bitters and white creme de menthe. In small proportions, creme de menthe adds a crispness that is herbal but does not immediately give itself away to the drinker as mint. The tingle of chill is perfect and hidden in a tart and herbal cocktail that perfectly represents the country of Iceland.
  • 1 1/2 oz. Brennivin (or aquavit)
  • 1 1/2 oz. pomelo juice
  • 5 dashes Peychaud's bitters
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. white creme de menthe
  • pomelo peel sliced thin as a twist
Combine all liquid ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with the pomelo peel.

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