Perfect Expedition from Curfew - one of the best cocktail bars in Copenhagen.

Perfect Expedition

A Portuguese take on a Scandinavian journey

Portuguese sailors used to bring madeira wine with them on their discovery expeditions. Antonio Saldanha de Oliviera is Portuguese and was inspired by this cultural heritage when he reinterpreted the classic “perfect manhattan” for the menu at Curfew – Copenhagen’s Portuguese inspired cocktail treasure chest.

With Portuguese sailors in mind it made sense for him to make use of the Norwegian Linie aquavit as every Linie aquavit has been sailed across the equator twice to mature at sea. This particular double casked version has been aged on madeira casks after the journey to make it even more smooth.


5 cl double madeira linie aquavit
2 cl dry madeira wine
1,5 cl sweet madeira wine
1,5 bay leaf bitter liqueur

Stir and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a torched bay leaf.

A classic manhattan is called “perfect” when mixed with both sweet and dry vermouth. Hence the use of sweet and dry madeira wine in Antonio’s “aquavit manhattan” is what makes it a “perfect” expedition. The madeira casks and the bay leaf liqueur gives this drink a wonderful nutty flavor. This is a tasteful Portuguese twist on the Linie expedition across the equator.

Perfect Expedition from Curfew - one of the best cocktail bars in Copenhagen.

The Perfect Expedition is featured in our feature on aquavit cocktails which illustrates how aquavit can be used within six classic categories. If you are intrigued by the use of aquavit in cocktails check out our free ebook on aquavit cocktails with 15 unique recipes from some of the best bars in Copenhagen. Have fun exploring and let us know if you come up with some interesting ways to use aquavit in cocktails!

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Alexander Banck-Petersen
CoC's photographer and occasional writer. I enjoy cocktail photography almost as much as cocktail imbibery. I try to do the drinks justice by making them appear as appealing to the eye as they are to the mouth and nose. I have a weakness for gins and I'm fond of bitter stuff as well, but I'll enjoy a good rum, bourbon or whisky if I'm forced. :)