Signature drinks

Kapernikus

Kapernikus.

This is a Dirty Martini with capers instead of olives – a successful variation for all those who like capers and don’t know where to put the brine.

35 ml Rutte Dry Gin
35 ml Dolin Blanc vermouth
5 ml caper brine („Rapunzel capers in brine“)

Preparation: Stirred, serve with a caper in a glass.

Alternatively and currently preferred by us:

35 ml Finsbury 47 Gin
35 ml Dolin Blanc
5 ml caper brine („Rapunzel capers in brine“)

On 31 August 2019, we came up with the idea of releasing something quite impossible to coincide with the first of April. It occurred to us to prepare and advertise a mixed drink with the most unsuitable components. For example, with a very cheap vinegar essence, which would of course be called quite poshly “essence de vinaigre”, as the acid source, something to nibble on as a garnish in it, sugar beet syrup as a sweetener. But of course you wouldn’t be allowed to show any real product brands in the photo, you would have to create them yourself. The most adventurous things came to mind and we had a lot of fun with it. We imagined that someone would actually prepare this drink. The challenge was also to create something really delicious. A name had to be found, of course, and Frank suggested “Kapernikus”. I don’t know how he came up with it.

But that was the beginning of a new love. The name is a venerable reminder of Nicolaus Copernicus. But it also reminds us of capers. And – weren’t we on the lookout for abstruse mixing ingredients? So shouldn’t we throw a few capers into the drink instead of olives? We thought a little about the capers, and suddenly they didn’t seem so wondrous as an ingredient. Isn’t there also a Dirty Martini that uses olive brine? Couldn’t the capers we love so much work just as well there?

Finally, on 6 September 2019, we put this idea into practice: 35 ml each of Rutte Dry Gin, 35 ml Dolin Blanc and 5 ml caper brine, stirred, and served with a caper as garnish. It’s certainly not a drink for the menu of a bar – because what should you do with all the capers that were left over – but if you have caper brine left over, don’t dump it, but make it into this delicious drink instead. Enjoy it!

Kapernikus.
Kapernikus.

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Hi, I'm Armin and in my spare time I want to promote bar culture as a blogger, freelance journalist and Bildungstrinker (you want to know what the latter is? Then check out "About us"). My focus is on researching the history of mixed drinks. If I have ever left out a source you know of, and you think it should be considered, I look forward to hearing about it from you to learn something new. English is not my first language, but I hope that the translated texts are easy to understand. If there is any incomprehensibility, please let me know so that I can improve it.

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