101 Best New Cocktails: Ajax by Calin Ioaniciu, Kharma, CLuj-Napoca, Romania

by Gaz Regan · Saturday, April 26th, 2014 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2014

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Adapted from a recipe by Calin Ioaniciu, Kharma, CLuj-Napoca, Romania

“My drink was born for ‘Bols Around The World 2013’ and this is the story: The iconic phrase ‘Dutch courage’ inspired me to celebrate strength, courage and endurance with a Bols Genever cocktail. I want to ‘make history!’, so I named it AJAX, like the great Greek hero and because it’s iconic for Amsterdam, too. AJAX is perfect after meal or whenever you need courage to be a party animal, not a party pet,” Calin Ioaniciu

Fresh orange juice

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50 ml (1.7 oz) Bols Genever

20 ml (.66 oz) Cherry Brandy

5 ml (1 teaspoon) Maraschino Liqueur

15 ml (.5 oz) Aperol

5 ml (1 teaspoon) Aceto Balsamico di Modena

2 orange twists

1 maraschino cherry and an orange slice on a skewer, as garnish

Wet the rim of a goblet with orange juice and rim it with the ground nutmeg. Chill the glass. Shake the remaining ingredients (including the orange twists) over ice and strain into the chilled goblet.

gaz sez:Jesus H. Christ, this drink’s all over the place! It’s smoky, it’s sweet, it’s sour, but it sure as hell ain’t week.  A masterpiece, methinks.  Watch Calin make it HERE

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