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Complement Cocktail

Complement Cocktail 1.000

Julia Ewan

Sep 19, 2007

This surprisingly complex cocktail gets its name from the way the savory, herbal tastes of the aquavit, the botanicals of the gin and the touch of sweet in the maraschino liqueur complement one another. It is adapted from a recipe by Hardeep Rehal, bartender at Bar Rouge in Copenhagen. He calls for Aalborg Jubilaeums aquavit, but feel free to use any high-quality aquavit. For the gin, spirits columnist Jason Wilson specifically recommends Plymouth brand because of its assertive flavor. As always, do not confuse or replace the unique maraschino liqueur with the juice from maraschino cherries or with other cherry spirits.

Servings: 1
  • Ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces Plymouth gin
  • 3/4 ounce aquavit
  • 2 dashes maraschino liqueur
  • 1 sprig dill


Fill a cocktail shaker two-thirds full with ice. Add the gin, aquavit and liqueur; shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass, garnish with dill and serve.

Recipe Source

Adapted from a recipe by Hardeep Rehal, bartender at Bar Rouge in Copenhagen.

Tested by Joe Yonan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 158

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 1mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 0g 0%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: n/a

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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