You can almost see Denmark from the Netherlands. Ok, you really can’t, but if Sarah Palin can claim that she could see Russia from her front door, well, you can see where the analogy is going…

Denmark produces a number of wonderful small batch aquavits – including aquavits for the spring that include a little bit of lemon and dill along with the classic caraway.

The Netherlands makes Genever, a complex malted predecessor to modern dry gins, that is flavored with juniper and, traditionally, a little bit of lemon.

Genever and Aquavit work well together in a cocktail – the caraway from the Aquavit and the malt of the Genever combine to make an extraordinarily crisp yet remarkably rye-whisky like flavor profile. We took inspiration from both to create the first malted aquavit: Solståndet, named for the spring solstice.

47.5% Alcohol by Volume
Product of Iceland
Imported to the USA by Sazerac

Scandi Gibson
Avery Glasser
A perfected version of what he created for the NYC Bar “Amor y Amargo”

2 oz Solståndet mältat akvavit
1 oz Atxa Bianco Vermouth
10 drops Bittermens Hellfire Habanero Shrub
10 drops Bittermens Orchard Street Celery Shrub

Stir over ice and then strain into a chilled rocks glass or coupe.Garnish with a cocktail onion.

The Nordic Daiquiri
1.5 oz Solståndet Maltät Akvavit
1 oz Lemon Juice
0.5 oz Simple Syrup
Barspoon of Green Chartreuse

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled coupe glass