Monday, September 7, 2009

Viking Oar-Shearer

Last Thursday was the first anniversary of Thursday Drink Night, and the theme chosen was TDN Tiki. I was not very familiar with this genre, so I set out on a bit of research.

I settled on this recipe for the classic Zombie to use as a jumping off point, and then started swapping ingredients with abandon, using stuff I like, had on hand, and thought would work well. So here I present the Viking Oar-Shearer, in all its 12 ingredient glory.


Viking Oar-Shearer
  • 1 ½ oz Rhum Clement VSOP
  • 1 oz Ron Zacapa 23
  • 1 oz Brennivín (or aquavit)
  • 1 oz lime
  • ½ oz pineapple juice
  • ½ velvet falernum
  • ½ oz green chartreuse
  • ½ oz cherry heering
  • ¼ oz orgeat
  • ½ tsp allspice dram
  • ½ tsp absinthe
  • 3 dashes fee's whiskey barrel bitters
Shake and strain over crushed ice, garnish with mint sprig

Preferably, the mint will be freshly picked from the lush plant in your new herb garden. It will make the drink better, trust me.


I used Brennivín I brought back from my recent trip to Iceland, but any aquavit will do. I imagine a gin would work nicely as well, but the name will be less apropos.

HT to Rick at kaiser penguin for his photo tips; I think this is easily my best drink pic yet.

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