The Second-Best Amaretto Sour in the World

 

1 oz Krogstad Gamle aquavit
1 oz amaretto liqueur
1 oz lemon juice
1 teaspoon rich simple syrup
1/2 oz egg white
lemon twist, cherry, or star anise for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a shaker and give it a dry shake to aerate. Add ice and shake again. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass and garnish.

Created for Nordic Night at Fenrir in Portland, Oregon, as part of Aquavit Week 2014.

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Navigation cocktail at Metrovino: Reposado tequila, jalapeno tomatillo jam, Ferrand dry curacao, lime, and egg white. Cinnamon on top.

1 1/2 oz reposado tequila
3/4 oz dry curacao
3/4 oz lime juice
1 egg white
2 barspoons tomatillo jalapeno jam
cinnamon, for garnish

Shake the ingredients without ice to aerate, then add ice and shake again. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a dusting of freshly grated cinnamon.

For the jam recipe, see Lisa Fain’s The Homesick Texan Cookbook.

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Seigle Sour

Encanto 012

2 oz rye whiskey
3/4 oz lemon juice
3/4 oz spiced plantain syrup
1 egg white
Cherribiscus Spiced Bitters, for garnish

Combine all but the bitters in a mixing tin, dry shake, then shake again with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with the bitters etched into an attractive design.

The Cherribiscus bitters aren’t a commercial product, so feel free to substitute another bitter with a bright red color, such as Peychaud’s.

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Zelda

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2 oz Small’s gin
3/4 oz lemon juice
3/4 oz framboise lambic reduction*
1 egg white
pickled peach, for garnish

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake without ice to aerate the egg white. Add ice and shake again. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with the peach. If one doesn’t have pickled peaches, garnish with lemon peel.

*framboise lambic reduction:

1 750 ml bottle Lindemans Framboise
1 small stick cinnamon
1 star anise
2 inches ginger, sliced
sugar

Combine the beer and spices in a pan and simmer until flavorful and reduced by about a third in volume. Strain out the spices and measure the liquid. Mix with an equal volume of sugar. Bottle the syrup and keep refrigerated.

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Robin Egg

Vaccari Nero, finally available in Oregon. Make it blue!

1 1/2 oz Vaccari Nero
1 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz Bols Genever
1/2 oz simple syrup
1/2 oz cream
1 egg white
soda
coffee bean, for garnish

Add the sambuca, lemon, genever, simple syrup, cream, and egg white to a shaker. Dry shake to aerate, then add ice and shake again. Give it a good, long, hard shake. Strain into a glass, preferably a champagne flute if you have a tall one. Let the foam settle and top with soda. Finish by grating a bit of coffee bean on top, a nod to the traditional “con mosca” way of serving sambuca.

This recipe comes courtesy of Southern California barman Erik Trickett. Get the background here.

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