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The Gefion Cocktail

Courtesy Selma Slabiak, created for The Edda Bar at Aska, Brooklyn, NY


Linie Aquavit

Traditionally, aquavit is a crisp white spirit flavored with herbs and spices like caraway, anise or dill. In some ways, it’s similar to gin or flavored vodka. But Linie is unique: Stored in former Sherry casks, this aquavit takes a sea voyage to Australia and back, crossing the equator, or “linie,w” twice. The result is a bright buttercup hue and mellow vanilla, spearmint, clove and oak tones, plus a silky butterscotch finish.

The Cocktail

This Old Fashioned-style drink starts with rye whiskey enriched with Linie Aquavit. Both of these grain-based spirits owe a debt to this drink’s namesake, Gefion, the Norse goddess associated with plowing fields.


1 ounce rye whiskey
½ ounce Linie Aquavit
¼ ounce Amaro Montenegro
1 teaspoon honey syrup
(2 parts honey to 1 part hot water)
1 dash Angostura Bitters
Sparkling wine
Nasturtium leaves (or other edible leaves or leafy herbs) for garnish, optional


In mixing glass filled with ice, combine first five ingredients. Stir, and strain into a coupe glass. Top with a splash of sparkling wine. Garnish with nasturtium leaves floated atop the drink.

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