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