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A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration

Grand Marais

2 oz Aquavit
1 oz Herbal liqueur, Yellow Chartreuse
Instructions

Stir all ingredients with ice in a mixing glass. Strain into a chilled Nick and Nora.

Notes

Used Vikre Aquavit, but others would probably also work well.

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Advanced Craft Cocktail Theory: Steal this Cocktail

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Recent Discussion

  • Re Northern Lights (David Delaney Jr.), 1 day 6 hours ago PromBox commented:

    ‘French 75’ with cranberry. Lime juice mixes better with the sour cran than the lemon imo. We used a 50/50 mix with a Freixenet cava. Be sure to double strain.

  • Re Rational Thought, 3 days 6 hours ago Zachary Pearson commented:

    I've always thought that the PF Curacao tasted like baby aspirin. Thanks, Zachary

  • Re Rational Thought, 4 days 18 hours ago bvankammen commented:

    Good use of the pear, which comes through in the right amount. I did not like the contribution of the curacao as much, which gave the drink a "Smarties" taste. Overall it's an extremely fruity cocktail. Not bad, but also just forgettable.

  • Re A Forest, 5 days 16 hours ago Craig E commented:

    @noksagt You are correct, an email with the OP confirmed "author's original creation" is right.
    I'll probably stir this rather than shake when I try it. Cheers!

  • Re A Forest, 5 days 17 hours ago laerm commented:

    Hi all –

    Regarding a question in the comments here: my allspice dram and CdV were homemade so that may explain the surprising translucence of this drink.