101 Best New Cocktails: Norwegian Sour by Katrin Reitz, La Dee Da, Bad Honnef Am Rhein, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.

by Gaz Regan · Saturday, December 14th, 2013 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2013

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Norwegian Sour

Adapted from a recipe by Katrin Reitz, La Dee Da, Bad Honnef Am Rhein, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.

“In and around Bad Honnef and surroundings my bar La Dee Da is also called “The Norwegian Bar” because my partner is from Norway.  Hence we needed a fitting cocktail for the nickname.  Aquavit is a challenging ingredient because of its intensity, but this cocktail makes me proud because it balances the strong notes of the linie with spices and floral notes perfectly.” Katrin Reitz

40 ml (1.3 oz) Linie Aquavit

10 ml (.3 oz) St. Germain Elderflower Liquornorwegian sour

20 ml (.6 oz) Arabian Spice Syrup*

20 ml (.6 oz) fresh lemon juice

Shake over ice and fine strain into a chilled coupe.  . Serve without extra garnish on a silver coaster.

 *Arabian Spice Syrup

Simmer 200grams (7 ounces) of white sugar and two tablespoons of Ras el Hasun Spice mix in 200ml (7 ounces) of water for 2 minutes.  Strain through a fine sieve, and refrigerate.

Recipe by Hassan McSouli, Taken From sbs.com (http://www.sbs.com.au/)

Ras el hanout, which translates literally as “head of the shop”, originated in the Meghribi villages of North Africa. It is a complex and distinctive mix of about 20 to 27 spices and herbs, the quantities of which vary according to the maker. Specific quantities are a much guarded secret from one spice shop to the next, and blending is considered an art. Ras el hanout is used with poultry, meat, game, rice and couscous. It can be found already mixed, like in specialty stores. If you are unable to find it, here is a simple recipe for you to make your own.

1½ tsp black peppercorns

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp coriander seeds

1 tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp ground nutmeg

¼ tsp cardamom seeds

¼ tsp hot paprika

4 whole cloves

¼ tsp ground turmeric

¼ tsp sea salt

¼ tsp ground allspice

Grind all ingredients together with a mortar and pessle.

gaz sez:   Thanks, Katrin (who I met at the 2013 finals of G’Vine’s Gin Connoisseur Program), for turning me onto Ras el hanout—it was readily available on Amazon, and I now use your Arabian Spice Syrup to give an extra little kick to my third cup of coffee almost every day.  Takes the edge off that microwave bitterness.  Thanks also for your kick-ass cocktail recipe!  The Norwegian Sour is one of those drinks that’s astounding at first taste, and comforting through the whole coupe-full.  Well done!

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