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Jun 26, 2007 02:00 PM

introducing a new shot: The Copenhagen Schlagen

ok, so I just invented a shot over the weekend that I think will be the hit of the summer, or at least, a staple in my house. its a combination of flavors and tastes, and I know the name doesn't even make sense (schlagen means "to hit" or "to beat" in german) and they don't even speak german in denmark so its a bastardized name, but at least it sorta rhymes (long 'ahh' in both words).

but anyway:

1. do a salt rim for a 2 once shot glass (lemon juice in a shallow plate, kosher salt in another)
2. without spilling on the salt, fill the glass 1/3 full with cold ouzo (or other licorice/anise flavored liquor); use a shaker
3. fill almost to the top with tonic water
4. bottoms up!

the tonic neutralizes the ouzo, and the salt combines with the ouzo to simulate the taste of salt licorice, and basically, the shot tastes ike you just ate a piece of danish salt licorice. now, I personally don't like the flavor of it since its so intense, but as a shot, its perfect; clean, refreshing, and of course, adjust the liquor to tonic ratio as you please (1:1 is fine as well).

so enjoy ya'll. and, I'd love to hear any thoughts, if anyone is brave enough to try it.

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  1. if you really want that Danish licorice experience, add a little ammonia. YUCK!

    1. Tonic and Ouzo...with salt? Hmmm, not my taste I'm sure. Reminds me of the anise/licorice beverage of choice in Turkey. It's called "Raki"...pronounced Rocky.
      Normally a clear liqueur, mix a little water with it and it turns cloudy. Milky even.
      We called it, after a night of heavy imbibing, "Milk of Amnesia". And I'm surprised I remember that.

      1. To be honest, when I first read the title, my first thought was "do you have to strain the snuff out of it?"

        1. I have really never understood doing shots because if I like the flavor of something I want to taste it. But in this case it makes perfect sense since you "don't like the flavor of it . . .".

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          1. re: Chinon00

            well, I don't mean neutralize so much, but even if you're normally drinking ouzo or raki, you add a bit of water to dilute and "activate" it a bit, kinda like a drop to a dram. but in this case, the ouzo is quite a strong flavor on its own. I know it sounds like a strange shot, but its perfect, its clean, goes down smooth and the salt keeps it from being too cloying.

            oh, and I was refering to when I said I "don't like the taste of it" is the the danish salt licorice (a colleague of mine bought a bag to the office and we all dared each other to finish an entire piece) but as a shot, its a different experience. and if you like danish salt licorice, then you'll really like it!

            1. re: bigjeff

              I don't know. I would recommend this to anyone who loves licorice-which are far and few. Glad to see that someone has found a way to deplete the Ouzo!! It sounds fun, but I prefer my simple tequlia shot...

            2. re: Chinon00

              Yeah, I'm with you . . . never understood the shot thing . . . even in college (or high school!)

            3. Well, I'm going to get all technical here. ;)

              Typically, a 'shot' is...a shot of a single liquor. The Copenhagen Schlagen would be a 'shooter.' And while there are plenty of shooter recipes out there that are just meant to go down easy, there are others that are made up of interesting combinations to provide unique, brief taste experiences--like the Copenhagen Schlagen.

              So, maybe think of a shooter like this as sort of an amuse bouche--but in liquid form!

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              1. re: gina

                I must admit that I never thought of the amuse bouche angle (very nice). I'm usually never a shot guy nor am I a big club guy (where I think a lot of this business goes on) but I was at a resto-club in the village and the bartender was experimenting giving us fruity little concoctions (all of which tasted interesting and were well done [i.e. balance of sugar and tartness). I had many of them in shot (or shooter) form and really enjoyed them all. Maybe I will consider serving "shooters" as a pre-Aperitif at my next dinner party.

                1. re: Chinon00

                  right, and were these concoctions alcoholic as well? I like this shot/shooter as much for the flavor of the salt and lemon, as well as the fact that it gives you a nice little buzz. but it's good before meals because the salt opens up the taste buds and is actually quite appetizing for the first/next course.

                  1. re: bigjeff

                    Of course they were alcoholic! ;]

                2. re: gina

                  gina, the shot vs shooter nomenclature really depends on geography.

                  This "shot" (I say that cuz of where I grew up) sounds interesting! I've got some Ouzo to spare.

                  1. re: Alcachofa

                    ya man! its been treating me quite well this summer so far!