Category Archives: Novel Ingredients

Fig and Cardamom Infusion

Last weekend I posted about infusing vodka with grated horseradish. The inspiration came from Aquavit, the Scandinavian restaurant in Manhattan, and an article last year in the Wall Street Journal. Aquavit’s beverage program under Keri Levins includes a big list … Continue reading

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Making Horseradish Vodka

Aquavit, the Midtown Manhattan Swedish restaurant that launched chef Marcus Samuelsson’s celebrity status, has long had a great list of spirit infusions. On the menu, they’re called aquavits, but this isn’t technically true by the definition of aquavit most of … Continue reading

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Weird Summer Beer in a Can

Opening my fridge to grab a beer, I noticed that all I had was heavy, thick, high-alcohol brews that don’t seem appropriately refreshing for humid summer weather. I needed something lighter. A good lager would do, but I’ve been seeking … Continue reading

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Bäska Snaps: Internationally Bitter

Bäska Snaps med Malört is an accidentally international spirit: it’s a Swedish recipe produced for an American company by a French distiller. And strangely, it makes perfect sense. The American company, Bittermens, is known for its bitters. The Swedish recipe … Continue reading

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The Old Bay Ridge Cocktail

Aquavit is notoriously difficult to mix. Maybe it shouldn’t be — it’s not so far off from gin — but ask your average cocktail enthusiast for the name of a good aquavit cocktail and he or she might pause and … Continue reading

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Juniper Ridge’s Northwestern Backwoods Colognes

By far one of the most interesting exhibitors at this season’s Elements Showcase fragrance trade show was Juniper Ridge. It’s a small brand that’s run by backpackers who harvest things like wild sage and downed pine boughs and then steam … Continue reading

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The Infamous Bone Luge

It was one of those cocktail microtrends that seemed somehow dated and irritating within days after I first learned about it — even while it sounded kind of alluring. The bone luge phenomenon, in which you pour yourself a shot … Continue reading

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