Bad Seed
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Bad Seed
Cocktail recipe

Rating

3.7 / 5
The Bad Seed cocktail presents a unique and intriguing combination of flavors, hailing from its blend of lemon juice, Akvavit, and Amaro. With these components, it offers a refreshing citrus ... more The Bad Seed cocktail presents a unique and intriguing combination of flavors, hailing from its blend of lemon juice, Akvavit, and Amaro. With these components, it offers a refreshing citrus tang offset by the herbal and bitter complexity for which Amaro is well-known, while the Akvavit contributes its characteristic caraway and anise notes. Typically served in a lowball glass, this cocktail is a symphony of Scandinavian and Italian influences, culminating in a multi-layered drinking experience that appeals to those who appreciate a balance of sour, sweet, and bitter undertones in their beverage of choice. It’s a sophisticated choice, especially for those looking to explore beyond the traditional cocktail recipes.
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Microbadges

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Akvavit
Alcohol content
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22.5% | 2.07 units *

Lowball glass

Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Bad Seed

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake well for 10-15 seconds or until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted
Strain into ice-filled rocks glass and serve

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

·  Shake  ·  Strain  · 

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute one type of Amaro in the Bad Seed cocktail for another?

Yes, Amaro can vary significantly in flavor depending on the brand and type. Substituting one Amaro for another in the Bad Seed cocktail can alter its profile, often leading to a more customized and personal drink experience. If you prefer a sweeter or more bitter undertone, choose an Amaro that reflects these characteristics.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve a Bad Seed cocktail?

The Bad Seed cocktail is best served in a lowball glass, chilled. To enhance its flavors, it's advisable to shake the ingredients with ice and then strain them into the glass. This method ensures that the cocktail remains cold and vibrant in taste. Serving it immediately after preparation preserves its aromatic integrity.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What are some recommended garnishes for the Bad Seed?

For the Bad Seed cocktail, a twist of lemon peel makes an excellent garnish. The lemon's citrusy aroma complements the cocktail's ingredients, especially the lemon juice. Other options include a cherry or a small sprig of mint for color contrast and an additional layer of scent and taste.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Should the Bad Seed cocktail be stirred or shaken?

The Bad Seed cocktail should be shaken. Shaking is recommended for this cocktail to properly combine the lemon juice with the Akvavit and Amaro, ensuring a uniform mixture. Moreover, shaking introduces a slight dilution and chill, which enhances the cocktail's overall texture and taste.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content in a Bad Seed compare to a standard cocktail?

With an alcohol content of 22.5%, the Bad Seed is slightly above the range typically seen in classic cocktails, which often hover around 15-20% ABV. This makes the Bad Seed a stronger choice, suitable for those preferring a potent drink, while still being within a moderate range compared to high-alcohol options like straight spirits.

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