Complement

Complement cocktail with gin, aquavit, maraschino liqueur, and fresh dill

The cocktail world is finally starting to take notice of aquavit – a Scandinavian liqueur flavored with caraway and dill – and we couldn’t be more thrilled about it! Aquavit makes for incredible savory cocktails, and can even stand up to a touch of sweetness.

We stumbled across the Complement in the Washington’s Posts Spirits column, attributed to bartender Hardeep Rehal at Copenhagen’s Bar Rouge. It’s one of our favorite ways to show off the complexity of aquavit; the result is the cocktail equivalent of a fresh piece of rye bread straight from the bakery, re-imagined as an ice-cold Martini-style cocktail.

The dill garnish isn’t strictly required, but the drink definitely benefits from the fresh scent. If you don’t have dill, a twist of lemon peel is almost as good.

Ingredients

Instructions

Stir with ice until very cold. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a sprig of fresh dill.

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