Thursday, June 21, 2012

Détente

Détente (now available at the Walnut Creek Yacht Club)
.75 oz. fresh celery juice
.75 oz. fresh lemon juice
.5 oz. dill syrup (fresh dill, sugar, water)
1 oz. Aalborg Akvavit
1.5 oz. Russian Standard Vodka
Shake with ice
Fine-strain into chilled cocktail glass with russian spice mix on 1/2 the rim*
small piece of fresh dill sprig in center of cocktail for garnish

* Russian spice mix:  black peppercorns, sea salt, toasted fennel seeds; put through a spice grinder

Détente (French for 'relaxation') is the easing of strained relations, especially in a political situation. The term is often used in reference to the general easing of relations between the Soviet Union and the United States.  Détente was known in Russian as разрядка ("razryadka", loosely meaning 'relaxation of tension').

Drink inspiration:  drawing on Russian cuisine and the ideas of detente for inspiration, a new, original cocktail is born.  We have an American bartender making a culinary-style drink using Russian vodka and ingredients commonly used in Russian cooking (celery, dill, fennel, black pepper, & citrus).  The Scandinavian spirit Akvavit, with its flavors of carraway and fennel, blends wonderfully with the other ingredients.  If the idea of the original Russian/American Detente was to ease tensions between the two nations, the idea of our Cocktail Detente is to ease the tensions of your day, helping you unwind and relax with a crisp, savory cocktail in hand.  

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