101 Best New Cocktails: The Merriweather Old-Fashioned by René Kronsteiner, Sea Cloud Cruises, Hamburg, Germany

by Gaz Regan · Friday, December 6th, 2013 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2013

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The Merriweather Old-Fashioned

Adapted from a recipe by René Kronsteiner, Sea Cloud Cruises, Hamburg, Germany

“This is Sea Cloud Cruises’ signature drink—a tribute to the late Marjorie Merriweather Post Hutton the original owner of the 4-masted Sea Cloud, the famed 1930 luxury yacht still operated today.  Linie Aquavit is used because it crosses the Equator twice on a vessel before being bottled, and the orange bitters are a reference to Hutton´s famed winter retreat Mar-a-Lago in Florida.  The Maldon sea salt is frequently used on board Sea Cloud by our chefs and the Sailmaker’s needle, well….´cause it’s a real square rigged ship with traditional sails .  This is a chameleon like drink that spikes off with a zesty tang and if [left to] sit [for a while it] turns into a soothing flavourful drink as the ice and the sea salt melt.” René Kronsteiner.

5 cl Linie Aquavit

1 bar spoon Campari

1 lump of Sugar

1 bar spoon The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters

1 splash water

1 pinch of Maldon sea salt

1 long strip of orange zest

1 Sailmakers needle Size 10

Methodology: In an old-fashioned glass, saturate the lump of sugar with orange bitters, then add a splash of water to dissolve(use a pestle). Fill the glass with ice cubes and add well chilled Linie Aquavit and Campari. Stir briskly,and sprinkle the Maldon Sea Salt on top. Serve with a long orange zest on the Sailmaker´s needle.

gaz sez:  Brilliant.  Just brilliant.

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