Wednesday, July 11, 2012


1 oz Willet Rye
1 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth
3/4 oz Kümmel
1/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse
1 dash Angostura Orange Bitters
1 dash Celery Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a rocks glass. Twist a lemon peel over the top.

Two Fridays ago, I stopped into Drink right after it opened and beat the post-work rush. For a first cocktail, I told bartender Jeff Grdinich that I was in the mood for whiskey. What he improvised was an herbal medley that shared some similarity with a classic drink called the High Kick which is equal parts rye, dry vermouth, and kümmel. Since Jeff did not have a name for his drink, I dubbed it the Headkick with perhaps Brick and Mortar's Flying Headlock in mind.
The cocktail offered a fresh lemon oil aroma that led into a sweet honey sip. Next, the complex swallow began with rye followed by kümmel's spice notes that finished with vegetal notes from perhaps the celery bitters.


bza said...

This. Sounds. Amazing.

Did he use Gilka Kummel? I'm trying this tonight.

frederic said...

No, Combier.

It might be a more interesting drink with 1/2 oz kummel and 1/2 oz yellow Chartreuse instead of 3/4:1/4. The yellow Chartreuse kind of gets lost here.