Blood of our Enemies


Makes 1

At Sydney bar PS40, Michael Chiem uses Stockholm Syndrome aquavit, made in collaboration with South Australian distillery Never Never, in this drink – the spirit has notes of caraway, dill and fennel seeds. The blood orange syrup recipe here makes enough for six drinks.

50ml Stockholm Syndrome aquavit (see note)
20ml lime juice


4 small blood oranges

375g caster sugar

2-3 cloves

½ tsp pink peppercorns


1. For blood orange syrup, remove a few peelings from one blood orange using a peeler, and set aside. Thinly slice all blood oranges, leaving the skin on. Combine in a saucepan with sugar, spices and 200ml water. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, pressing oranges into syrup occasionally, until syrup has a loose gel consistency (about 45 minutes). Strain syrup through a sieve (discard solids) and transfer to a blender with reserved raw orange peel. Blend until smooth. Set aside to cool.

2. Combine aquavit, lime juice and 30ml blood orange syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake and strain into a chilled coupette.


N O T E 

If you can’t obtain Never Never Distilling Co’s Stockholm Syndrome aquavit, substitute another aquavit, gin or vodka. If blood oranges are unavailable, you can use limes.