We were staring longingly at our bottle of barrel aged aquavit wondering how we could use it to make more drinks this summer. Keeping it simple at the start, we made this refreshing herbaceous take on a julep. Fresh cucumbers and dill perfectly complement the anise and carroway flavors of the spirit, making this a perfect sunny weather sipper.
Bjorn to Run (makes 1 drink)
- 1 1/2 oz Linie Aquavit
- 3/4 oz dill syrup (recipe below)
- 3 cucumber slices
In a heavy bottomed old fashioned glass or julep cup muddle the cucumber slices.
In a mixing glass or pint glass with ice add the aquavit and syrup. Stir 30 times to incorporate and strain into your glass or cup.
Top with crushed ice. Garnish with a cucumber disc and dill sprig.
Dill Syrup (makes enough for about 8 drinks)
- 1 C granulated sugar
- 1C hot water
- 6 dill sprigs
In a saucepan over medium heat add all the ingredients and stir to incorporate the sugar and water. Bring to a boil stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves.
Remove from heat and bring to room temperature. Let it cool in the refrigerator for about an hour before straining out dill. If you want it stronger, leave the solids in overnight and add more dill if desired (though it can overpower things pretty quickly if you use too much).
Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.