Emily’s Northern Sidecar, from her book Camp Cocktails, is the official cocktail of The Minne Stuga, made with lemon, Aquavit from Vikre Distillery, Orange Liqueur, and maple syrup.
- 2 oz. Aquavit, preferably aged (try Voyager Aquavit by Vikre Distillery)
- 3/4 oz. Dry Curacao (or Cointreau)
- 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 oz. maple syrup (or simple syrup)
- sprig of rosemary for garnish (optional)
Shake all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice until well chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass and serve. Top with a thin lemon wheel or spiral of lemon peel.
Add a sprig of rosemary for extra aroma and northwoods feels.
Tip: I once learned from Emily to use good ice. You know, ice made with the same water that you like to drink. Ice, whether shaken or floating in a drink, lends its flavor profile to the drink. So if the ice tastes like freezer burn, so will your drink.
I’m partial to Vikre Distillery since it’s made in Minnesota and I know the makers. But cross my heart, their stuff is the best. Click here to buy near you. (No, this is not sponsored.)
This recipe is oh so lightly adapted from Camp Cocktails, Text and Photography © 2020 Emily Vikre, © 2020 Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc.