Zeke Franco

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Seaside in Holland


This cocktail was inspired by my trip to Copenhagen last year. I enjoyed some great meals that paired salty herring fish with a dram of aquavit. I had a fantastic cocktail at Barking Dog that used local gin, aquavit, and salt. When I came home I craved something similar. I wanted to focus at bit more on dill and minimize the taste of juniper so I cut out the gin and focused on just the aquavit as the base spirit. The result is a cocktail that taste of dill, salt, with a hint of sweet and a little oak. I choose Aalborg Jubilaeums Akvavit since had all the qualities I wanted. Most aquavits available focus on caraway as the prominent flavor. Jubilaeums uses dill and coriander seeds and is finished in American white oak.

In order to bring out more dill flavors I made my own dill bitters using fresh dill, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, dill seed, orris root, and lemon grass. I made two batches; one immersed in 100 proof vodka and another in 94 proof London Dry Gin and blended them to taste. About 2:1 vodka-based to gin-based.

SEASIDE IN DENMARK Aalborg Jubilaeums Akvavit Cocchi Americano Dolin Blanc Dill Bitters - homemade Saline Solution Fresh Dill