The Gefion Cocktail

The Gefion cocktail.
Photo by Aaron Graubart

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


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.

  • 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.

Published on January 10, 2018