Was the PDT Cocktail Book the best choice for the first book to make ALL OF THE DRINKS? As far as quality, definitely. As far as using normal home bar ingredients, most definitely not.

In his Essential Bartender’s Guide, Robert Hess says this drink “reflects my penchant for slightly obscure product not normally found in bars.” (From the PDT Cocktail Book)

Thanks, Robert Hess. Thanks a lot. Luckily, the main ingredient Krogstad Aquavit isn’t that hard to find. I had definitely never heard of it before making this drink though (and the few others that call for this liquor.) Aquavit in general is a neutral spirit staring caraway as it’s main botanical and typically from Nordic countries. The Krogstad Aquavit is out of Portland, Oregon and is one of the most anise-forward Aquavits on the market.


The recipe for the Trident didn’t specify if the Krogstad Aquavit called for should be aged (Gamle) or unaged (Festlig). I’ll admit when I bought the bottle it was the only one on the shelf so I had no idea there were two versions. I used the Gamle.


The Trident is an astringent drink, the anise is hard to miss. In fact, until I did some research on Aquavit I thought it was an anise liquor. There are tantalizing traces of something else layered in the cocktail that piques the interest and invites you to mull over things of import while you sip on this concoction.

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