Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Kummeltini (Original Recipe)


I can't believe that there's not a Kummeltini. Not one that I can find, anyway. Being stuck at home has got me doing lots of crafty things like pickling and making my own liquors. One of these crafty things is making kummel. This is a German contribution to the spirit world. It is predominantly sweet but sometimes comes in dry varieties. The thing about kummel is that, while you can by commercially available brands, most Europeans make it in their own way. 

Caraway is the main ingredient. Cinnamon, anise, clove, and dill are other options, but you are not limited there. Then the infused spirit is sweetened with honey for a delicious and savory cordial treat. A little is all that is necessary in the Kummeltini, but the garnish needs to be something that is a little briny and sweet as well. I recommend a vegetable or even a fruit that has been in pickle juice for less than a day. I used a cherry tomato. It will still be crisp and fresh, and sweet if you use something juicy like I did. But it also signals in scent and taste the dill and spice of the Kummel.

  • 2 oz. vodka (Smirnoff no. 57 used)
  • 1/2 oz. dry vermouth
  • 1/2 oz. kummel
  • pickled tomato or other lightly pickled fruit or vegetable

Combine liquid ingredient in a mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a speared pickle of a fruit or vegetable. 

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