The Danish Summer

Not just for old Scandinavian men - but they'll drink it too.

The Danish Summer

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! 

Rosa Rugosa, or beach roses, can be found on most coastlines. They have a vibrant pink color and a beautiful floral aroma.
  • 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