To get a head start on spring’s promise of warmer weather, sit back and unwind with this refreshing new cocktail by Adam Schuman of Skurnik Wines! The Crystalline Collins is a James Beard-inspired cocktail incorporating Iceland’s signature aquavit, Brennivín, otherwise known as “fire wine” due to its licorice-like taste that comes from caraway seeds. In this recipe, Brennivín’s unique spicy taste is paired with vanilla liqueur to evoke a flavor that is simultaneously warm, sweet, light, and tangy.
The Crystalline Collins
- 1.5 oz Brennivín aquavit
- 0.25 oz Giffard Vanille de Madagascar (vanilla liqueur)
- 1 oz fresh lemon juice
- 0.5 oz J.M. Sirop de Canne (cane syrup)
Begin by combining the J.M. Sirop de Canne, Giffard Vanille de Madagascar, Brennivín, and fresh lemon juice into a cocktail shaker. Shake well, strain, and serve over ice in a Collins highball glass. Top it all off with soda water and a lemon twist to make the final product even more refreshing!
Don’t worry – even if you didn’t pick up some Brennivín during your last visit to Iceland, you can still try your hand at making this delicious drink at home! Brennivín is widely available throughout the U.S. and Canada. Make sure to check out this video for a step-by-step guide on crafting this creation. Enjoy, and let us know what you think in the comments or by tweeting to us at @IcelandNatural!