Monday, January 16, 2017

norwegian paralysis

1 1/2 oz Orange Juice (Cara Cara)
1 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Orgeat
1/4 oz Demerara Syrup
1 1/2 oz Aquavit (Aalborg)

Shake with ice, strain into a Collins glass, and fill with crushed ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge speared with a paper umbrella (orange twists).

Two Mondays ago, my thirst led me to the Smuggler's Cove book where I was lured in by their riff on the Polynesian Paralysis from 1971 that they sourced from Beachbum Berry's Remixed. The major issue with the original is that it calls for the Hawaiian spirit okolehao which can be hard to source on the mainland; Berry recommends Bourbon as a substitute here. Instead, Smuggler's Cove swapped the spirit to aquavit as well as halved the volumes to something more reasonable for one person. Aquavit has had good success in Tiki drinks such as the Port of Göteborg and the Viking Fog Cutter, so I was definitely game to try this out.
The Norwegian Paralysis proffered a citrus and caraway bouquet that preceded a lemon, orange, and pineapple sip. The swallow led in with caraway and other aquavit botanicals as well a hint of nutty from the orgeat and ended with a pineapple finish.

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