101 Best New Cocktails: A Simple Quandary by Scott Diaz, www.shakestrainandsip.com, Lacey, WA, USA

by Gaz Regan · Thursday, January 29th, 2015 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2014

A Simple Quandary

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Scott Diaz, www.shakestrainandsip.com, Lacey, WA, USA

Simple Quandary Scott Diaz

“This cocktail was my official entry into the Uncle Val’s Best Botanical Gin Contest in which I was one of 4 finalists that competed in Las Vegas last year at the annual Las Vegas Nightclub & Bar Show.  I wanted to create a libation that was both unique and showcased the botanical qualities found in the gin and the notes of cumin and caraway from the American made Aquavit.  These seemingly disparate ingredients produced a cocktail that was complex, yet [far more] harmonious than one might imagine.  Cheers!” Scott Diaz

30 ml (1 oz) Uncle Val’s Botanical GinSimple Quandary

30 ml (1 oz) North Shore Aquavit

15 ml (.5 oz) Punt e Mes

15 ml (.5 oz) Bénédictine

2 Dashes Regans’ Orange Bitters No. 6

1 lemon twist, as garnish

Stir over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Add the garnish.

gaz sez:  I had serious doubts that this drink would work, primarily because of the half-ounce on Bénédictine called for—that stuff’s very yummy, but it’s so powerful, too, and it can take over a drink very easily, indeed.  Nonetheless, the formula intrigued me, primarily because we seldom see aquavit in cocktails, and it was the aquavit, I believe, that saved the day in this rink.  Scott’s correct when he says that A Simple Quandary is far more harmonious than one might imagine.  This one’s well worth putting together.  Promise.

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