Norwegian Wood
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Norwegian Wood
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.27 / 5
Created by Jeffrey Morgenthaler of Clyde Commons in Portland when he was challenged to make something with aquavit. Created by Jeffrey Morgenthaler of Clyde Commons in Portland when he was challenged to make something with aquavit.
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Akvavit
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33.93% | 3.09 units *

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Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

Norwegian Wood marries the bold caraway and anise notes of Akvavit with the warm, rounded sweetness of apple brandy, enhanced further by the herbal complexity of Yellow Chartreuse and grounded by the depth of red vermouth. The result is a sophisticated, multi-layered cocktail that balances Scandinavian flair with classic spirit-forward warmth, making it both intriguing and approachable for any adventurous palate.

Method
How to make a Norwegian Wood

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Stir  ·  Strain  · 

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What is the flavor profile of a Norwegian Wood cocktail?

The Norwegian Wood cocktail offers a complex flavor profile that combines the botanical nuances of Akvavit and Yellow Chartreuse with the sweetness of apple brandy and the herbal notes of red vermouth. This combination creates a balanced, aromatic, and slightly sweet tasting experience.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I use a different type of brandy if I don't have apple brandy for the Norwegian Wood?

While apple brandy is recommended to achieve the authentic flavor of the Norwegian Wood, you can use a different type of brandy as a substitute. Pear brandy could be a close alternative that maintains the fruity and slightly sweet profile. However, keep in mind that substituting ingredients may alter the cocktail's intended flavor.

FAQ

What is Akvavit, and why is it used in the Norwegian Wood cocktail?

Akvavit is a distilled spirit from Scandinavia, flavored with a variety of herbs and spices, primarily caraway or dill. It is used in the Norwegian Wood cocktail to add depth and a unique botanical flavor that complements the other ingredients, giving the cocktail its distinctive Scandinavian character.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

How should I serve the Norwegian Wood cocktail for the best presentation and taste?

The Norwegian Wood cocktail should be served in a chilled cocktail glass to enhance its flavors and aromas. For the best presentation, you can garnish it with an apple slice or a twist of lemon peel. Ensure the cocktail is stirred well with ice before straining into the glass to achieve a smooth, cold, and well-blended drink.

FAQ

Is the Norwegian Wood suitable for someone who prefers less sweet cocktails?

Yes, the Norwegian Wood can be suitable for someone who prefers less sweet cocktails. Its balance between the herbal and botanical notes of Akvavit and Yellow Chartreuse with the subtle sweetness of apple brandy and red vermouth creates a cocktail that is not overly sweet, making it appealing to a wide range of palates.

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