Scott Diegert likes to keep things simple. The head bartender at Krokstromm Klubb & Market tries to keep his ingredients to a minimum so that the quality of each can shine through. After a long winter, his Paper Clip cocktail is a citrusy wake-up with a spicy edge due to its principal spirit, aquavit. Aquavit is, as Diegert says, “Viking gin,” with a bouquet of aromatics that trends toward the culinary side of things—carraway, dill, and fennel are common notes.
The Paper Clip, Diegert says, is named after its garnish, a stylish lemon peel paper clip. The drink is a riff on the Paper Plane, created for the Violet Hour in Chicago by Sam Ross. While the Paper Plane starts with bourbon, the Paper Clip leverages barrel-aged aquavit as its base and adds a bittersweet element with the addition of Luxardo Bitter Bianco and grapefruit juice. It’s a great palate pick-me-up as spring begins to peek around the corner.
The Paper Clip
11/2 ounces Linie Aquavit
1 ounce Luxardo Bitter Bianco
1/2 ounce Dolan Dry Vermouth
1/2 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
Mix all ingredients in a shaker over ice. Shake vigorously and double strain into a coupe glass. For paper clip garnish, take a wide swath of lemon peel. Express over the surface of the finished cocktail, releasing the lemon oil. With a sharp knife, trim peel into an isosceles triangle. Cut a “V” into the interior of the triangle, with its apex pointing at the smallest angle of the triangle. Fold slightly to open the V- shape and slip onto the rim of the glass. Enjoy!