So when you see the cocktail column in the Chron with a recipe using Aquavit, and you already own the rest of the ingredients, the little light bulb goes off - now you have the means, the motive, and all you need are the opportunity, and of course, the victim(s).
Unbeknownst to me, Oceana had decreed a cocktail hour to follow our Monday night house meeting - I live in a communal household, and we've been focusing on having our meetings be both fun and short - so all I needed was a bag of limes from Trader Joes and to pop the ingredient ratios into the recipe spreadsheet. Here is the Vessel (Seattle) recipe for The Hemingway Solution
- 1.5 oz. aquavit
- 1 oz. lime juice
- .5 oz. maraschino liqueur (Luxardo)
- .25 .oz simple syrup
- 3 small sprigs of fresh thyme
- 2 mint leaves.
The first sip and you realize that this wonderful drink is an aquavit version of the Aviation (gin, lemon, maraschino) - very perfume-y, refreshing, cool. The caraway is subtle, so you get a mix of the caraway, thyme, hint o' mint, and the sweet of the maraschino - that Luxardo magic. We've tried Aviations with a spectrum on gins, including Genever, and I have a still unopened bottle of Old Tom to try. So Aquavit is just a bit further away from juniper, but fits right it.
Another time I'll try this again with the Kummel - first I'll taste a 1/4 teaspoon of each of the Kummel and Aquavit to get their flavors, I'll use more mint and I'll try and find fresh thyme.
And I'll look for a different name - the Urban Dictionary says "the 'Hemingway solution' is to commit suicide with a gun in the mouth", and google gives me: a heavy metal band, a poem, a recently published novel, and a song title.