Monday, December 31, 2018

ask & embla

1 oz Michter's Rye
1 oz Brennivin Aquavit
1/2 oz Green Chartreuse
1/2 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail coupe pre-rinsed with Combier Kümmel, and garnish with a lemon twist.
Two Mondays ago, Andrea and I stopped in for a late bite to eat at Estragon. For a drink, I perused bartender Sahil Mehta's drink notebook and selected a drink of the day from September that was full of herbal and spice notes. For a name, I took inspiration from the Brennivin and proposed Ask & Embla, the Norse Adam & Eve, and Sahil approved. Once prepared, the cocktail proffered lemon, caraway, and floral aromas at first, and later, the Green Chartreuse's notes began to dominate the nose. Next, a semi-sweet sip led into rye, Green Chartreuse herbal, and caraway and cumin spice on the swallow. Indeed, the rye paired elegantly with the aquavit as it had in the Immigrant Song and Carra-ryed Away.

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