Nickle Rose

This is a really successful aquavit cocktail, which really isn’t an easy thing to accomplish. Aquavit is basically vodka that’s flavored mainly with caraway, plus some other things, and it has a unique and dry taste to it. Linie, the brand I use, is made from potatoes and is sent on a 19-week sea voyage from Norway around Australia and back again just to age it in wood barrels. The wood expands and contracts with the severe weather/temperature changes, releasing its character into the spirit. I’ve made one or two mediocre attempts at using it, but they don’t equal this one. Something about all the fruit flavors make it work, maybe. Or the sweetness of the falernum. I couldn’t track down who came up with it or where it was created for sure, but there’s a Nickle Rose bar in San Rafael, CA, so maybe this is their signature tipple. They don’t appear to have their own website with menu, so I couldn’t check. And I’m not driving from Oakland all the way to freakin’ San Rafael.

Nickle Rose ✯✯✯✯1/2
1/2 oz aquavit
1/4 oz Velvet falernum
1/4 oz lime juice
1/4 oz grapefruit juice
2 or 3 dashes peach bitters
1/2 tsp Campari

Rinse a chilled cocktail glass with the Campari. Shake the other ingredients and strain into the glass. Orange peel garnish.

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