Yes - Denmark does have a summer. It's similar to June in the Bay Area, but with about 4 hours of darkness and even more revelry on a warm, sunny day. This cocktail was created during my time at the Nordic Food Lab for a staff get-together (complete with amazing food, of course, including fire roasted mussels and pan au tomaquet with ample garlic) and was well-received. Most importantly, I received major cred from the native Danes of the house for using "old man alcohol", aquavit. Who knew? Guess it just runs in my blood!
- 2 parts aquavit (I had Aalborg)
- 1 part cranberry juice (good quality, but the kind with added sugar, as this cocktail does require some sweetness)
- 1 part cold water
- Cracked black pepper (okay, maybe that part's not Scandinavian)
- Foraged beach rose
Stir or shake aquavit, cranberry, and water and pour over ice. Grate black pepper over each drink and garnish with beach rose.