The Reverie Cocktail

If you like bitter, this is the drink for you. Salmiakki Dala, made with 10 botanicals, gives the Reverie Cocktail its black licorice taste and complex finish.
Photo by Aaron Graubart

Courtesy Chazz Madrigal, beverage director, Lafitte’s at The Waiting Room, Portland, OR

Iceland

Salmiakki Dala

Produced in Iceland, this liqueur channels the mouthwatering flavor of salmiakki, a salty black licorice candy with a bitter finish. It’s made with 10 botanicals, including licorice root, saffron, anise and chicory. Salmiakki-flavored liqueurs are popular throughout Scandinavia (some people infuse aquavit or vodka with a few pieces of candy), but they’re not often seen in the U.S. This version of Salmiakki Dala was formulated by the folks behind Bittermens bitters, and it’s marketed as a “Scandinavian fernet.”

The Stone Crush Cocktail

The Cocktail

In addition to the pungency of Salmiakki­ Dala, the other secret ingredient here is a wine-infused salt made by Oregon producer Jacobsen Salt Co. in collaboration with Willamette Valley’s Grochau Cellars. The salt can be purchased online, but you can also substitute unflavored salt.

Ingredients
  • 1½ ounces Tennessee whiskey
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • ¼ ounce Salmiakki Dala
  • 1 teaspoon Benedictine
  • ¹/₈ teaspoon Pinot Noir salt
  • Brandied cherry, for garnish
Directions

In a mixing glass, stir together all ingredients except garnish with ice. Strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube. Garnish with brandied cherry speared on a pick.

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 several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip. and NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening, which debuts in September 2018. Email: spirits@wineenthusiast.net



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