Swedish 60 1.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Spirits Dec 7, 2011

This is a Scandinavian version of the classic French 75, calling for aquavit and lime instead of gin and lemon. Spirits columnist Jason Wilson recommends using a Norwegian-style aged aquavit, such as Linie. For the sparkling wine, Spanish cava works well.

Servings: 1
  • Ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces aquavit
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup (see NOTE)
  • 3 ounces sparkling wine
  • Lime peel twist, for garnish


Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add the aquavit, lime juice and simple syrup. Shake well, then strain into a champagne flute.

Top with the sparkling wine. Garnish with the twist of lime peel.

NOTE: To make simple syrup, combine 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a slow rolling boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 5 minutes. Transfer to a heatproof container and let cool to room temperature. Cool completely before using or storing in a glass jar in the refrigerator, where it will keep for up to 4 weeks.

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Recipe Source

Adapted from "The Seasonal Cocktail Companion," by Maggie Savarino (Sasquatch Books, 2011).

Tested by Michael Taylor.

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