Silver Bullet Cocktail


Silver Bullet Cocktail
1/2 Gin. (1 oz Beefeater 24 Gin)
1/4 Lemon Juice. (1/2 oz Lemon Juice)
1/4 Kummel. (1/2 oz Kaiser Kummel)
Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.

Mrs. Flannestad was pretty amazed by the Kummel bottle. She was like, “Nazi Penguin Caraway Liqueur!? Where did you get this?” In fact, just BevMo, no special mail ordering necessary, not even expensive. And, for the record, I believe the “Kaiser” reference is more in line with World War I, than WWII.

Unfortunately, none of that trivia saves this cocktail from just not being very good. Before I purchased the Kummel, I would combine Aquavit with simple syrup, and I have to say, I greatly preferred any cocktail I made like that to any I’ve ever made with Kummel. I believe going forward, that shall have to be my path.

This post is one in a series documenting my ongoing effort to make all of the cocktails in the Savoy Cocktail Book, starting at the first, Abbey, and ending at the last, Zed.

4 thoughts on “Silver Bullet Cocktail

  1. I once wrote to Rick Stutz who claimed he’d never seen the kaiser penguin on the bottle before choosing the name for his blog. Seems like a pretty odd coincidence, no?

  2. I’ve felt similarly disappointed with the Stock k├╝mmel I picked up. What ratio of aquavit to simple syrup do you usually use? 1:1?

  3. We had a hard time getting a bottle of Kummel and we convinced Andrea’s boss to pick up a bottle for us in Germany. The Helbing Kummel we got worked rather well in a Weeper’s Joy, but as much as I like the botanicals in it, the recipes using it fall way short.

    Not sure aquavit + simple would approximate what we have.

  4. I’ve seen the Helbing Kummel a couple times and wondered if it was an improvement over the Kaiser. To be honest I don’t really think Aquavit + Simple really, really approximates Kummel. I just like it better.

    This cocktail, for example, would probably be rather nice made with equal parts gin, aquavit, lemon, and simple.

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