The Gefion Cocktail

Linie Aquavit is the key ingredient in this cocktail. Stored in sherry casks, it gives the Gefion (an Old Fashioned-style drink) a lovely buttercup color.
Photo by Aaron Graubart

Courtesy Selma Slabiak, created for The Edda Bar at Aska, Brooklyn, NY

Norway

Linie Aquavit

Traditionally, aquavit is a crisp white spirit flavored with herbs and spices like caraway, anise or dill. In some ways, it’s similar to gin or flavored vodka. But Linie is unique: Stored in former Sherry casks, this aquavit takes a sea voyage to Australia and back, crossing the equator, or “linie,w” twice. The result is a bright buttercup hue and mellow vanilla, spearmint, clove and oak tones, plus a silky butterscotch finish.

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The Cocktail

This Old Fashioned-style drink starts with rye whiskey enriched with Linie Aquavit. Both of these grain-based spirits owe a debt to this drink’s namesake, Gefion, the Norse goddess associated with plowing fields.

Ingredients
  • 1 ounce rye whiskey
  • ½ ounce Linie Aquavit
  • ¼ ounce Amaro Montenegro
  • 1 teaspoon honey syrup
  • (2 parts honey to 1 part hot water)
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters
  • Sparkling wine
  • Nasturtium leaves (or other edible leaves or leafy herbs) for garnish, optional
Directions

In mixing glass filled with ice, combine first five ingredients. Stir, and strain into a coupe glass. Top with a splash of sparkling wine. Garnish with nasturtium leaves floated atop the drink.

Published on January 10, 2018
About the Author
Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She's the author of Shake.Stir.Sip.: 40 Effortless Cocktails Made In Equal Parts (Chronicle Books, 2016) as well as ROAD SODA: Recipes and techniques for making great cocktails, anywhere (Dovetail Press, 2017). Email: spirits@wineenthusiast.net



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