I got challenged to bring an aquavit drink to a Norwegian-themed holiday party, so I used the occasion to finally try Jeff Morgenthaler's Norwegian Wood. I bought Krogstad aquavit since it is what Morgenthaler had developed his recipe around. I had to go with Calvados instead of applejack for the French touch.
Here is the home practice run with Daron fine calvados and Cocchi vermouth di Torino. Pretty solid drink but I was not wowed. It fell a little flat (note that I am being super critical).
For the party, I upgraded to Daron XO* and the host provided a fresh bottle of Vya vermouth. The calvados on its own has a pretty rough start, but finishes beautifully. I was really curious to see how it was going to work in the drink.
The cocktail was a big hit. It was perfect to end the evening. Beautiful cocktail with an amazing finish courtesy of the calvados & yellow chartreuse. I will make it again using the Daron XO.
I also made Jeff Berry's Peg Leg punch with aquavit, vodka, grapefruit and lemon juice, homemade orgeat. This was pre-batched and was the first drink of the night. It was ok, but I think that it would need some tweaking to be more memorable/ less one-note (the Krogstad has a very strong caraway and star anise flavor). Maybe simply adding some angostura bitters a la Army & Navy would make it more interesting.
Other drinks served included a White Lady variation (aquavit, lemon juice, triple sec, sans egg white), and, the wild card of the night, a cocktail pairing aquavit with Lillet Rose, maraschino, and absinthe.
Fun party. We got to try half a dozen different aquavits.
(*)Sounds spendy but a friend alerted me to a ridiculously low-priced cache in a local liqueur store...
Edited by FrogPrincesse, 20 December 2013 - 12:58 PM.