Saturday, November 20, 2010

kivik apple market

2 oz Karlsson's Potato Vodka
3/4 oz Apple Cinnamon Syrup (see here)
3/4 oz Meletti Amaro
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1 dash Fee's Whiskey Barrel Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

Last Saturday while Andrea was working at the Boston Shaker store, I went over to visit bartender Aaron Butler at Russell House Tavern. One of the new drinks on the menu pairs up the same apple cinnamon syrup in the Wigglesworth with Karlsson's Vodka which is more like a potato eau de vie. For a name, Aaron combined the spirits' country of origin and the syrup's fruit base to create the Kivik (pronounced "Shivick") Apple Market after a giant festival held in southern Sweden every year.
The Kivik Apple Market's nose was full of apple and spice aroma with some darker notes mixed in. The sip was rather appley with a rich mouthfeel of a swallow; the swallow contained some herbal complexity which meshed well with the apple flavors. Moreover, the aftertaste was a zingy cinnamon which combined with the other flavors to produce an almost gingery effect. Overall, the drink was savory and refreshing with a delightful autumnal feel.

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