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FEBRUARY 21, 2019
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VALKYRIE'S GARDEN

This Nordic blend of fruit and spice is an explosion of flavor

When I was trying to think of a new winter cocktail, my mind went immediately to the frozen ancestral home of the Vikings. Scandinavia is a varied landscape of countries, and although these countries have different languages and heritages, a distinct Nordic culture exists in their cuisine. Scandinavian cuisine is often described as simple, balanced, and subtly complex, "farmer's fare" straight from the field or hunt to the table. 

I wanted a cocktail that captured the variety of experiences in the region, with a flavor that was well-balanced and straight from the land. Aquavit, a Scandinavian staple, adds complex notes of caraway and dill to the exotic herbaceous flavor of Bombay Sapphire Gin. This herbal complexity is balanced with the tartness of raspberry and lemon, and the sweetness of honey for a well-rounded, unforgettable drink.

VALKYRIE'S GARDEN

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ oz. Bombay Saphhire Gin
  • ½ oz. Aquavit
  • ¼ oz. Chambord
  • ¾ oz. lemon juice
  • ¾ oz. acacia honey syrup
  • 6 raspberries

Instructions

Fill Collins glass with crushed ice and set aside.

Muddle together raspberries, lemon juice, and honey syrup in bottom of shaker tin. 

Add remaining ingredients and shake over ice.

Double strain into prepared Collins glass.

Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a blackberry speared over a dried blood orange.

*Acacia Honey Syrup: Combine 1/2 cup acacia honey and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan and bring to a low boil. Stir together until sugar dissolves. Let cool to room temperature and bottle in glass jar. Keep in refrigerator for two weeks. 

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