Do dooo de do do, do do de do, do dooo de do do, de do do…

Recently, I received samples for review of House Spirits Distillery‘s Aviation Gin and Krogstad Aquavit. I’ve bought several bottles of Aviation over the last couple of years. I like it, even though it’s considered a “New Western”-style gin–meaning it de-emphasizes juniper to focus on other botanicals. Now, I like a juniper-forward gin. I always have a 1.75L bottle of Beefeater to keep on hand and threaten the cats with, and to my mind there’s no better martini than one made 3 parts Beefeater to 1 part vermouth. But I also like tripping through other styles of gin, and Aviation’s no exception.

The Krogstad, though, is new to me, and to be honest, so is aquavit as a spirits category. I can’t really judge the Krogstad except on its own merits, since I’ve never sampled its competitors. I really like it, though. It carries notes of anise and caraway right at the front, and it’s very tasty. I’m looking forward to what some might consider an unconventional use for it. I have a recipe for home-cured salmon, and where this recipe calls for Pernod, I’m planning to use Krogstad in its place. Yummy, yeah?

Mah Nà Mah Nà

UPDATED with photo by Jennifer Hess

But I’m not here today to review the products or speak of charcuterie. I’m here for cocktails, and I have a doozy that I whipped up to showcase these spirits. I call this the Mah Nà Mah Nà. If you want to know why, you’ll have to buy me a drink and I’ll tell you. This quaff, though, is a botanical bomb, all the more reason to love it.

Mah Nà Mah Nà

  • 1 oz. Aviation gin
  • 3/4 oz. Krogstad aquavit
  • 1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz. yellow Chartreuse
  • lemon twist, for garnish

Shake it over ice like Animal, strain it into Miss Piggy’s slipper, and enjoy.


4 thoughts on “Do dooo de do do, do do de do, do dooo de do do, de do do…

  1. Greatest. Drink name. EVAR!

    At my bar you’ll have to sing the song to order it.

    This drink sounds lovely, and we shall make it tonight. I’d been meaning to come up with things to do with our lovely new bottles of Krogstad and Aviation, and you’ve raised the bar rather high. 🙂


  2. I was really impressed by the Aviation gin. The Krogstad seemed too dual noted as opposed to the more complex other Aquavits I have. Luckily I love star anise and caraway, but I wished there were some other flavors in the mix (that I could detect at least). Perhaps mixing it with gin was indeed the way to solve this.


  3. Thank you so much for this drink. I reeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaallly like it, to begin with, and I’m very pleased to be introduced to Aquavit and to find a delicious use for a very large bottle of yellow Chartreuse I inadvertently acquired. In Washington, where I live, we have Neanderthal liquor laws with the state in charge, so it’s hard (or may be impossible) to get the Krogstad. But the drink is wonderful with Linie aquavit, which the store manager told me is a pretty traditional formulation. I love the caraway coming through the lemony-herbal bouquet, an unusual flavor composite that I’m looking forward to presenting to the cocktail connoisseurs I know.


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