The Rêver Cocktail, A Dream of a Drink

French in name, tiki-inspired, created in Portland, Maine—this cocktail's herbal notes, aquavit and dash of pineapple will send you on a flight of fancy.
Photo by Todd Huffman

Courtesy Trevin Hutchins, Tempo Dulu, Portland, Maine

In French, rêver means “to dream,” and this fresh, herbaceous drink certainly encourages reverie. At Tempo Dulu, a bar at the Danforth Inn in Portland, Maine, tropical-inspired drinks accompany Michael McDonnell’s modern Asian fare. A splash of pineapple is a subtle nod to tropical inspiration.

The main ingredient is blanc (or bianco) vermouth, a fast-growing category that features relatively bold, sweet and oxidized notes like golden raisin, baked pear and spice. An ounce of caraway-accented aquavit adds backbone, while yellow Chartreuse adds subtle herbaceous sweetness. At Tempo Dulu, the drink is sometimes served in a tiki mug. It’s pretty enough to sip from a cocktail glass, too, inspiring dreams of warmer spring days to come.

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  • 1 strawberry, halved lengthwise
  • 2 fresh sage leaves
  • 1½ ounces Dolin Blanc vermouth
  • 1 ounce Krogstad aquavit
  • ½ ounce yellow Chartreuse
  • ½ ounce pineapple juice

In a cocktail shaker, muddle 1 strawberry half and 1 sage leaf. Add other ingredients and ice. Shake well, and strain into a chilled coupe glass or small wine glass. Garnish with the remaining strawberry half and sage leaf.

Published on February 17, 2017
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Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She's the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip. and NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening, which debuts in September 2018. Email:

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