Family Ties

Family Ties

Luxardo Maraschino Originale

Troels Knudsen

03 Aug 2015
Via Website


  • 35ml Luxardo Maraschino Originale
  • 15ml Luxardo Aperitivo Spritz
  • 20ml Hibiscus infused Akvavit

La Famiglia Inspiration

My Family Ties Cocktail is inspired by the story that links families to their history and ancestry: Luxardo Maraschino Originale was created after the Luxardo Family relocated to Zara from Genova; I started making cocktails after I moved to London from Denmark. The use of two Luxardo products is to symbolise the two phases in the Luxardo Family's history: before and after World War II. I have used Akvavit as a link to my own Family history: My Grandmother was from the Faroe Islands, though I have her Viking blood in my veins; the Vikings created the first Akvavit. The Akvavit I have infused with Hibiscus Flowers which were brought to me, by my girlfriend, from her Grandmother's house in Senegal, where the Vikings sourced spices for the original Akvavit. I have chosen to Roll or Throw my Family Ties Cocktail 8 times, as way of Chilling and diluting it for two reasons: 1) it took Maria Canevari and Girolamo Luxardo 8 years to perfect the recipe for Luxardo Maraschino Originale 2) 6 throws for each Generation of the Luxardo Family, plus one each for mine and my girlfriend's family. For those same two reasons, I have chosen to serve My Family Ties Cocktail in a cocktail glass with 8 Gold rings on it.


  • Mix ingredients in shaker, fill with cubed ice and Roll/Throw 8 times
  • Pour into a chilled Gold rimmed Martini glass and serve

I am aware the drink sounds extremely sweet, but due to dryness, the heavy infusion of Hibiscus in the Akvavit imparts, the initial sweetness from the Luxardo Maraschino Originale gives way to more of a luxurious, rich mouthfeel than sweetness, with a beautiful dry, yet perfectly balanced finish.

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