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Craft Creative Cocktails with Batch 22 Aquavit

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Batch 22 aquavit is a smooth, citrus-forward spirit and an ideal mixer that elevates the flavor of dozens of classic cocktails. Its special blend of botanicals, spices, and citrus enable Batch 22 to play beautifully with simple ingredients or to add an extra dimension to complex and multi-layered cocktails. We invite you to try the recipes below at home and to start creating new ones of your own.

Aquavit Cocktail Recipes

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The Stockholm Lemondrop Martini

(Created by Starlite, San Diego)

This special martini was created especially for us and debuted at our San Diego launch party in June of 2022. The talented bartenders at Starlite found just the right balance of aquavit flavor and lemon with this delicious and addictive cocktail.

In a shaker with ice combine:

2 oz. Batch 22 Classic Gold aquavit
.75 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
.75 oz. simple syrup
.5 oz. aquafaba

Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lemon peel twist.

Serves 1

Batch Mule

The Batch Happy Mule

One of our most popular cocktails, the Batch Happy Mule substitutes our Classic Gold aquavit for the traditional vodka. Light and refreshing, this is a drink that never gets old. 

In a copper mule mug combine:

2 oz. Batch 22 Classic Gold aquavit
.5 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice
Dash of angostura bitters
Top with ginger beer

Gently stir ingredients and garnish with a lime wedge.

Serves 1

Belmont

The Belmont

The Belmont cocktail is one of the first aquavit cocktail recipes we ever created, and it's named for the street it was created on (one of our founders lives there). The sheer deliciousness of rosemary, grapefruit, and Batch 22 together was a revelation to us.

2 oz. Batch 22 Classic Gold aquavit

.5 oz. Rosemary syrup

1 oz. fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
1 tbs. brown sugar simple syrup
Club soda

Combine ingredients (except soda) over ice in a highball glass. Top with soda and stir gently.

NOTE: You can substitute Fever Tree Grapefruit Soda for the grapefruit juice, simple syrup, and club soda.

Serves 1

Bloody Viking

The bloody viking

A classic centerpiece of most American brunch menus, our aquavit Bloody Mary was the very first aquavit cocktail recipe we ever created. It proved to us that-when used instead of vodka-Batch 22 makes every drink taste better. There are lots of ingredients in this one, so we crafted the recipe to serve 4 at a time.

2.5 cups tomato juice
1/2 cup clam juice
3 tbs lime juice
1.5 tbs prepared horseradish
1.5 tbs Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1.25 tsp hot sauce of choice
1 tsp coarse black pepper
1/2 cup pepperoncini juice
1 dash of celery bitters
8 oz. Batch 22 Classic Gold aquavit

Mix all ingredients in a large glass pitcher and serve in your favorite stein. Garnish with celery stalk, pepperoncini, and a strip of bacon.

Serves 4.

Aurora Bourealis Cocktail

Aurora Borealis Cocktail

Almost any drink gets more festive when you add sparkling wine, and this pool party-friendly, brunch-perfect aquavit grapefruit cocktail turns any gathering into a celebration.

1.5 oz. Batch 22 Classic Gold aquavit
2 oz. fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
3 tbsp. brown sugar simple syrup
2 tsp. fresh lime juice
Prosecco or sparkling wine

Combine all ingredients (except Prosecco) in a shaker over ice. Strain into a champagne flute and fill to top with Prosecco. [Note: you can substitute .5 oz of Rose's lime for the simple syrup and lime juice.]

Serves 1

Batchroni

The Batchroni

(Created by Chris Williams, Bayou Bar, New Orleans, LA)

This tantalizing twist on the classic Negroni cocktail was actually created in the dark! We introduced Batch 22 to bartender Chris Williams at his bar in New Orleans in the middle of a huge storm. He tasted it, loved it, and started creating cocktails with it and then a blackout hit. It was this delicious cocktail that kept us happy until the lights came back on.

Shake over ice:
1 oz. Batch 22 Classic Gold aquavit
1 oz. sweet vermouth
1 oz. Campari

Strain into rocks glass with one large cube.
Garnish with orange wheel.

Serves 1

Tart Cherry Cocktail

In all our recipe development work, we found that cherries and Batch 22 Classic Gold aquavit play very well together and we wanted to craft a cocktail that would satisfy the cherry lover. Not too sweet, this drink has layers of flavor and just a touch of fizz.

Shake over ice:
2 oz. Batch 22 Classic Gold aquavit
2 oz. tart cherry juice
1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 tbsp. brown sugar simple syrup

Strain into a coupe glass and add:
1 tbsp. ginger beer
1/4 cup tonic
Morello cherries in syrup for garnish

Serves 1

Spicy Mexican Mule

Our aquavit mule is a unique variation of the classic Moscow Mule. The infusions are simple to make and don't worry about making the jalapeño too spicy. You can always dilute it to your liking with more Batch 22.

Make the jalapeño infusion:
Thick slice one medium jalapeño (with seeds) and steep in 1/2 cup of Batch 22 Classic Gold aquavit for minimum 2 hours. Strain before use.

Make the cucumber infusion:
Peel half a medium cucumber, slice in half, then slice thin into pieces. Steep in 1 cup Batch 22 for minimum 2 hours. Strain before use.

For the Mule:
1 1/2 oz. jalapeño-infused Batch 22 aquavit
1/2 oz. cucumber-infused Batch 22 aquavit
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
2 tbsp. brown sugar simple syrup
Lime seltzer

Combine all ingredients (except seltzer) in a mule glass (or mug). Stir and add ice. Top with seltzer and stir gently.

Serves 1

Wedding Vow

During a recent R&D session, we fell in love with the beautiful aromas and flavors of Rose Cordial syrup, and we were surprised by how great it was when mixed with the aromas and taste of aquavit. Batch and roses? Add some sparkle and you've got a wedding (or anniversary!).

Shake over ice:
2 ozs. Batch 22 Classic Gold aquavit
1 oz. cherry juice
2 tbsp. Rose Cordial syrup

Pour into champagne flute
Top with Prosecco

Serves 1

Public Enemy

The three of us who founded the company are all big movie buffs, and we all agree that "Public Enemy," starring Jimmy Cagney, is an old (and yes, dated) classic gangster film. One of the movie's most memorable scenes involves a grapefruit, so we paid homage with the title of this crisp and refreshing cocktail.

2 ozs. Batch 22 Classic Gold aquavit
1 oz. Giffard Pamplemousse
Splash of soda
Garnish with singed grapefruit peel

Serves 1

Blanche

Batch 22 aquavit shares many of the herbal and floral qualities of other great mixers, like Suze and Lillet. We created this recipe to showcase the complexity you can enjoy when you combine all three elements and add some tonic to enhance their aromas. 

Shake over ice:
1.5 oz. Batch 22 Classic Gold aquavit

1 oz. Lillet
1 oz. Suze

.5 oz. Rosemary syrup

.5 oz. Giffard Pampelmousse

Strain into large Martini glass
Add tonic to fill
Garnish with grapefruit peel

Serves 1

Suffering BatchTerd

Lots of serious aficionados of bourbon and whiskey drinks have told us they love Batch 22, so we wanted to create a recipe that combines the two. This variation of the classic Suffering Bastard actually makes everybody happy.

Shake over ice:
1 oz. Batch Classic Gold aquavit
1 oz. Bourbon
.5 oz fresh lime juice

.5 oz. Rosemary syrup
2 dashes angostura bitters

Strain into rocks glass with one cube
Splash of ginger beer
Mint garnish

Serves 1

 

Cassis and Desist

Cassis is a wonderful mixer-a unique ingredient akin to blackberry or currant, but not quite as tart. It can be rather sweet, so you only need a small amount to add that extra dimension of juicy berry flavor to your Batch 22.

Shake over ice:
2 oz. Batch 22 Classic Gold aquavit
.5 oz. cassis
.5 oz. fresh lime juice
1 lime wheel, muddled

Strain into highball glass with ice
Top with soda

Serves 1

M22 (Batch 22 Manhattan)

We love our version of the classic Manhattan cocktail, which is not as sweet and offers more complexity of flavor. The M22 also happens to be a city bus that runs in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Shake over ice:
2 oz. Batch 22 Classic Gold aquavit
.5 oz. dry vermouth
.5 oz. sweet vermouth
Optional: teaspoon of cherry liquid or Luxardo's Sangue Morlacco

Strain into rocks glass with one large cube
Garnish with Luxardo cherry

Serves 1

Simply Citrus

Simple cocktail mixers can often be just as satisfying as more complex ones. The citrus components in Batch 22 aquavit marry so well with the botanicals and spices, that a simple topping of good quality bitter lemon is all you need to create a classic of your own.

In a rocks glass with ice:
2 oz. Batch 22 Classic Gold aquavit
Top with bitter lemon
Garnish with lemon slice

Serves 1

Batch Stingray

Lovers of New York style deli sandwiches may also be familiar with the famous Dr. Brown's line of sodas. One of our favorites is their celery flavored soda, which happens to work beautifully with the core components of Batch 22 aquavit.

In a Collins glass with ice:
2.5 oz. Batch 22 Classic Gold aquavit
Top with Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray soda
Garnish with celery leaves

Serves 1

Richard Edison

(Created by Richard Molero, Edison Food+Drink Lab, Tampa, FL)

When we drove sample bottles of Batch 22 aquavit across America in June of 2021, one of the best nights we had was in Tampa, Florida, at Edison Food + Drink Lab. At that great restaurant, super-talented and creative bartender, Richard Molero, fell instantly in love with Batch 22 and started making some of the best new cocktails we had ever tasted, right there  on the spot. This was one of them.

Shake over ice:
.75 oz. Batch 22 Classic Gold aquavit
1.5 oz. Vodka
.25 oz. Pampelmousse
.5 oz. cranberry juice
.5 oz. simple syrup
.5 oz. lemon juice
1 egg white (can sub .5 oz. aquafaba)

Strain into large tulip glass or daiquiri glass
Garnish with cherry

Serves 1

 

Welcome Batch Codder

Two of us have East Coast roots, and on the East Coast, the Cape Codder is a ubiquitous summer sipper that always tasted especially delicious after a day at the beach. We improved upon that classic drink recipe by using Batch 22 aquavit instead of the traditional vodka.

Shake over ice:
2 oz. Batch 22 Classic Gold aquavit
2 oz. cranberry juice
Splash Rose's lime

Serves 1

 

Batch Cosmo

"Sex and the City" made the Cosmo famous, but Batch 22 makes it sexy! Why use tasteless vodka when you can add great aquavit flavor with Batch?

Shake over ice:
2oz. Batch 22 Classic Gold aquavit
1 oz. Pomegranate juice
.5 oz. Triple Sec
Splash Rose's lime

Strain into martini glass
Garnish with orange or lemon wheel

Serves 1

 

The Ice-Cubist

(Created by the bar staff at Panama 66, San Diego, CA)

Batch 22 was the lead spirit sponsor of the 2022 Culture and Cocktails event hosted by the San Diego Museum of Art. For that event, the talented bar staff from Panama 66 crafted this delicious, crowd-pleasing cocktail with aquavit.

Stir in a rocks glass with ice:
2 oz. Batch 22 Classic Gold aquavit
.75 oz. Amaro
.75 oz. Elderflower Liqueur
2-4 dashes grapefruit bitters

Garnish with twisted grapefruit peel

Serves 1

The Rosinsky Method Martini

Our journey of bringing Batch 22 to the world has allowed us to meet people from all over the country and to make many new friends. The members of the Rosinsky family, in particular, have become some of our dearest friends and biggest fans. They also happen to own and operate Slo de Vie distillery, which makes a fantastic array of Aguardentes that play beautifully with Batch 22. This aquavit martini highlights the wonderful flavor of their Passion Fruit Brandy.

Shake over ice:
2 oz. Batch 22 Classic Gold aquavit
.75 oz. Slo de Vie Passion Fruit Aguardente
.75 oz. Amaro

2-4 dashes angostura bitters

Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a mango ball or melon ball

Serves 1

 

The Batch Lebowski

Yes, the founders of Batch 22 love movies. And we love new cocktail names that reference movies. To make this version of the Dude's favorite drink, a White Russian, we originally used Batch 22 that was infused with espresso beans for 24 hours. That was delicious, but equally yummy was this simpler recipe, which uses Batch 22 Classic Gold and Kahlua mixed with half & half.[For your vegan friends, use coconut almond cream instead—it's delicious.]

Mix in a rocks glass with ice:
2 oz. Batch 22 Classic Gold aquavit
1 oz. Kahlua
1 oz. Half & Half (or cream)

Garnish with chocolate covered espresso bean

Serves 1

Terra Firma

(Created for Terra American Bistro, San Diego, CA)

Executive Chef and Owner Jeff Rossman is an old friend and a great chef. He was the first to ask about doing a special dinner menu designed to pair with Batch 22. Creating a signature cocktail for that menu was a lot of fun--it's an aquavit cocktail with a touch of bitterness, which makes it especially food friendly.

Shake over ice:
2 oz. Batch 22 Classic Gold aquavit
.5 oz. Campari
.75 oz. Elderflower Liqueur

Strain into a rocks glass with a muddled orange slice and 2 dashes of orange bitters
Garnish with orange slice

Serves 1

The Stepbrother

Co-Founder Matthew does a regular podcast with his brother, Tony, where they talk about movies. He's fond of devising Batch-based aquavit cocktail recipes that complement the theme of each movie, and this recipe (created for Stepbrothers) became one of our favorites.

Mix in a rocks glass:
2 oz. Batch 22 Classic Gold aquavit

1 oz. Jameson's

.5 oz.Rose's lime

4 oz. Ginger beer

Add ice and top with ginger beer. Stir gently.

Serves 1

 

Classic Batch Martini

Sometimes simple is best. And, if you're a simple martini lover, this aquavit cocktail recipe is sure to satisfy. It works well with just the olive bitters, but also shines with the addition of olive brine (we love the Olive Twist olives and juice from Tillen Farms), so make it as dirty as you like! Lots of folks also love splitting the vermouth between dry and sweet, according to your taste. 

Shake over ice:
2oz. Batch 22 Classic Gold aquavit
5 oz. Sweet vermouth
2-4 dashes, olive bitters

Strain into a martini glass
Garnish with olives or a cornichon

Serves 1

Collins & Coupe

(Created for Collins & Coupe, San Diego, CA)

Our hands-down favorite cocktail accessories store in San Diego is owned and operated by our good friends at Collins & Coupe. When we taught our first cocktail class there, we made this drink, which was the brainchild of C&C's Logan and co-Founder Bruce, who fell in love with the olive bitters he found at the store. 

Shake over ice:
1.5 oz. Batch 22 Classic Gold aquavit
.5 oz. Higher Vibrations Lemon+Lime shrub
.5 oz. Rosemary syrup

3-4 dashes of rosemary bitters

3-6 dashes of olive bitters

Strain into a Collins glass with ice and top with soda
Garnish with rosemary sprig and/or lemon peel twist

Serves 1

Fetch Me a Shrubbery

No cocktail recipe collection is complete without at least one Monty Python reference, right? We love the exotic and complex flavors you get from various kinds of shrubs (vinegar and fruit mixtures) because they add that special blend of sweet and tangy to any cocktail. This recipe highlights the beauty of a shrub syrup we found from Burly. 

Mix in a rocks glass with ice:
2 oz. Batch 22 Classic Gold aquavit

1 oz. Burly Black Lime + Bay Leaf shrub syrup

Squeeze of fresh lime

4 oz. Soda

Garnish with a lime wheel.

Serves 1

 

The Secret Ingredient Bartenders Swear By

We road-tested Batch 22 in 14 cities across the country and mixologists and bartenders had nothing but praise for our signature spirit. In fact, some bartenders were so inspired by the unique citrus notes, spiciness, and smooth finish of our aquavit that they created new cocktail recipes of their own right there on the spot!

As more cocktail lovers try Batch 22, our aquavit is quickly becoming a staple mixer in bars and liquor cabinets across the country.

We can't wait for you to try these recipes with our aquavit. And don't forget to Tag us on Instagram so we can admire your creations! So start mixing and add a twist of inspiration to your next cocktail with Batch 22!

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