Aquavit - 1 1/3 oz
Sweet Vermouth - 2/3 oz
Stir everything with ice cubes and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Found in “The Stork Club Bar Book”, by Lucius Beebe. Named after the American actress (1907 - 1976). As it says in the book:
"Miss Russell’s own comment on this arrangement is: ‘My father-in-law, Carl Brisson, introduced me to this drink and six months later I married his son!’"
Aquavit or akvavit, is the spirit of Scandinavia, produced in the similar manner to gin, by infusing neutral grain spirit with herbs and spices, namely caraway instead of gin’s juniper. The original aquavit used in this drink was the Danish Aalborg aquavit, which is still in production. In case this is rare in where you are, the brand Linie is relatively easier to obtain. Here I’m using Malteserkreuz from Germany.
The drink was based on the traditional Martini, by “traditional” I mean post-Prohibition era, as bitters have already ceased to exist; although you can add a few dashes of Angostura to it and see whether that improves the drink. But generally if you are an aquavit drinker, you will like this one. This spirit is an acquired taste, wasn’t really impressed the first time I’ve had it, but now slowly warming up to the caraway and dill flavours.