Swedish Mule
In this Moscow Mule variation, vodka is infused with lemongrass and grapefruit to make aquavit. Get the recipe for Swedish Mule ». Helen Rosner
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In Sweden, home cooks make aquavit by infusing a clear spirit distilled from grain or potatoes with an infinite variety of spices, herbs, and other flavorful botanicals. Here, the classic Moscow Mule gets a Scandinavian twist with a grapefruit and lemongrass-infused aquavit. Restaurant Aquavit in New York City makes this cocktail with Crabbie’s ginger beer, an alcoholic ginger beer with a deep, spicy flavor, though you can substitute any ginger beer you’d like.

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In this recipe, the classic Moscow Mule gets a Scandinavian twist with a grapefruit and lemongrass-infused aquavit.
Yield: makes 1 Cocktail

For the Grapefruit and Lemongrass Aquavit

  • 1 peel of grapefruit
  • 1 stalk lemongrass
  • 1 (750-ml) bottle vodka

For the Cocktail

  • 1 oz. grapefruit and lemongrass aquavit
  • 1-2 dashes grapefruit bitters
  • Crabbie’s ginger beer, to top
  • Candied ginger, to garnish

Instructions

  1. Make the aquavit: Combine grapefruit peel with vodka; steep for 3 weeks. Lightly smash lemongrass and tie in a knot. Combine with vodka mixture and steep 1 more week; strain.
  2. Make the cocktail: Combine aquavit and bitters in a copper mule glass filled with ice; top with ginger beer and garnish with candied ginger.

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