My new favorite brunch (or anytime) cocktail. This is an aquavit cocktail that's sort of a spin on a grapefruit mimosa, with a twist of a French 75 thrown in there. I make it with the aquavit we make at our distillery (Vikre Distillery), which I love because of the cardamom spice in there, but I think it would also be good with an aquavit like Linie or Krogstad, if you like more of a licorice flavor. —fiveandspice
1 1/2 ounces
fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
brown sugar syrup (1:1 ratio of brown sugar and water; stir until dissolved)
Shake the aquavit, grapefruit juice, and brown sugar syrup with ice until chilled (about 30 seconds). Strain into a Champagne flute or coupe glass. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with a twist of grapefruit peel.
I like to say I'm a lazy iron chef (I just cook with what I have around), renegade nutritionist, food policy wonk, and inveterate butter and cream enthusiast! My husband and I own a craft distillery in Northern Minnesota called Vikre Distillery (www.vikredistillery.com), where I claimed the title, "arbiter of taste." I also have a doctorate in food policy, for which I studied the changes in diet and health of new immigrants after they come to the United States. I myself am a Norwegian-American dual citizen. So I have a lot of Scandinavian pride, which especially shines through in my cooking on special holidays. Beyond loving all facets of food, I'm a Renaissance woman (translation: bad at focusing), dabbling in a variety of artistic and scientific endeavors.