Sunday, August 01, 2010

Scandinavian summer cocktail party

During the warm summer months there's nothing like a refreshing cocktail at dusk to celebrate the first days of August. We recently came across an enticing cocktail recipe from Norwegian vodka maker Christiania Vodka, who say their vodka recipe goes back to King Christian IV's court during the 1500's. But feel free to use any high-end vodka, or indeed, this is a delicious recipe without any spirits at all.

2 oz Christiania Vodka
1 oz lingonberry syrup
1 oz grapefruit juice
1/2 oz ginger beer
lime wedge

1. Pour the vodka, lingonberry syrup and grapefruit juice into a cocktail shaker--may we suggest the stainless steel Nuance shaker?
2. Shake well and strain into gorgeous mouthblown Iittala Aarne highball glasses
3. Add ginger beer (you may prefer more then 1/2 oz, feel free to adjust the amount)
4. Garnish with lime wedge

If you would like to make these for a group but don't want to be stuck behind the bar all night, try the Georg Jensen cocktail carafe from our barware collection. And for a festive summer touch, consider our colorful paper napkins by Klippan.

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