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Norway; Arctic Cocktails with a Local Chilly Twist

Spirit of the Midnight Sun

Norway is a high cost country. So, bring your own Shaker, and mix cocktails to the next level

BLUEBERRY DILL: This cocktail was made of Mill Dill aquavit and fresh blueberries.
BLUEBERRY DILL: This cocktail was made of Mill Dill aquavit and fresh blueberries.

ARCTIC COCKTAILS OF NORWAY: Nothing is quite like enjoying a refreshing Arctic cocktail under the Midnight Sun far above the Arctic Circle of Norway. We added a modern and special twist to some of the world´s classics. Here are  recipes created with a little help from locals and Spirits produced in Norway. Just one advice before heading north; Bring your own Cocktail shaker. It´s inexpensive and worth having if you find yourself making cocktails for socializing and celebrations.

The Midnight Sun, the crowd at North Cape, the most Northern spot on mainland Europe.
The Midnight Sun, the crowd at North Cape, the most Northern spot on mainland Europe.

NIGHT SHOW: From September to March you can watch the Norther Lights dancing on the sky over the arctic area of Finnmark in Norway.
NIGHT SHOW: From September to March you can watch the Norther Lights dancing on the sky over the arctic area of Finnmark in Norway.

Our recipes are best to make at home and the easiest to create. If you have got a good base spirit and some fresh ingredients you can´t go wrong. Cocktails are always going to be exciting. There really are no rules to making them and that´s what making it fun.

Arctic Collins

The original Tom Collins is a nostalgic cocktail and about as classic as it gets. Essentially a sweet and sour drink made with gin, created first time in 1876. Our new Arctic cocktail  version is a refreshing cousin, loaded with ice and local berries.
Ingrediencies: 60ml Harahorn Gin, 25ml lemon juice, simple syrup. 60ml soda water, fresh lingonberry, lemon, plenty of ice.

An arctic cocktail made of Harahorn Gin produced in Norway and awarded with international awards.
An arctic cocktail made of Harahorn Gin produced in Norway and awarded with international awards.

A few simple steps:

  1. Take gin, lemon juice, and syrup and shake it together in a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Strain the drink into a glass with ice cubes. Then top it off with soda water.
  3. The garnish is what makes the signature Arctic Collins. Add plenty of lingonberry for the full effect! Also add a lemon wheel if you like.

Midnight Sun Groni

The famous Italian Negroni has a cousin in the land of the Midnight Sun. This aperitivo couldn´t be easier to make, or tastier to swallow. Mix gin, martini and wine in a glass or shaker filled with ice. Strain into a serving glass, add a couple of cubes of ice and garnish with an orange wedge and rosemary to serve.

Ingredients: 40ml Harahorn gin, 40ml Campari, 40ml Dry Red Wine. Syrup to taste. Garnish: Fresh orange and rosemary sprig.

Harahorn Gin & Tonic

It´s still gin o´clock. From new flavours to much-loved classics. Gin shows no sign of slowing down. In popularity, it´s always star of the show, especially when it’s as distinct as Harahorn Gin, made by Det Norske Brenneri The name Harahorn comes from a Norwegian mountain, the ingrediencies and herbs from all over the country. Such as juniper, blueberries, seaweed, wild marjoram and many more.

Easy steps: Mix 40ml Harahorn Gin with 90-100ml Dry Tonic. Add a handful of blueberries, grapefruit zest and plenty of ice, and stir.

FISH LUCK: Fishing in the sea, rivers and lakes is part of the summer in this part of Norway. “Fish is a combination of both luck and skill”, said bar-keeper Ole Kristian.
FISH LUCK: Fishing in the sea, rivers and lakes is part of the summer in this part of Norway. “Fish is a combination of both luck and skill”, said bar-keeper Ole Kristian.

Aloha, Get the Party started!

It´s awfully long distance between tropic Hawaii and the fishing town of Havøysund, next to North Cape and the North Atlantic Sea. “Aloha Hawaysund” rum-cocktail is perfect to break the ice and get the party started. A cocktail with fresh cloudberries from this part of Norway. It´s Hula Hoop till you drop, dressed in Hawaiian print shirts and floral dresses for women would be perfect.

Ingrediencies: Norwegian Rum and aquevit, Blue Curacao, Pineapple Juice, Fresh Sour Mix, Cloudberries.
30ml Greneløs Rum, 30ml Arvesølvet Helt Klar Aquevit, 30ml Blue Curaçao, 90ml Fresh Pineapple Juice, 40ml Fresh Sour Mix (sugar, water, lemon juice). For garnish: A handful of fresh Cloudberries.

For a frozen drink, pulse all ingredients in the blender until smooth before pouring into a glass. Add the ever so exclusive cloudberries.

New Cosmopolitan

Ingredients: 40ml Ramsbury Single Estate Vodka, 20ml triple sec,  20ml cranberry juice, 15ml lime. Garnish: Lemon twist

Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice, shake hard. Double strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

SPECIALITY: The locals up north in Norway love Boknacod, which is half-dried cod. Served with beer and Arvesølvet aquavit as the schnapps.
SPECIALITY: The locals up north in Norway love Boknacod, which is half-dried cod. Served with beer and Arvesølvet aquavit as the schnapps.

Arctic Food Pairing

In this part of the world, Aquavit created from potato is the big thing. Fare like pickled herring, smoked fish, half-dried cod and powerful cheeses pairs well with aquavit, the national spirit of Scandinavia.

If you thought food pairing was all about wine, think again. Cocktails and food make great companions.

Mild Dill with Fish

You can’t find anything that typifies a Norwegian specialty more than aquavit and, fish and pickled herring or salted herring. The history of making aquavit goes back more than 500 years. However, Arvesølvet Mild Dill is a new one, with fresh dill and lemon mint, excellent as snaps for fish and seafood, and even to cocktail.

Snap up Mild Dill with Cod

Ingrediencies: Mild Dill Aquavit, Club Soda, Fresh Citrus, Cranberry juice, ice.

Easy steps: Grate a whole cucumber, and squeeze the juice in a clean kitchen towel. Mix with 40ml Mild Dill aquavit, tonic or club soda, and some fresh citrus. For variety, add 80ml of cranberry instead of mineral water.

Food: Grilled Half-dried Cod fish, locally known as Bokna Cod. Served with a stew of vegetables, pan fried bacon, and boiled potato.

Mild Dill 2

Ingredients: Mild Dill aquavit. Muddle fresh berries or fruit, such as peach, lime and sugar. Add crushed ice, aquavit and 7Up. On top; fresh dill and selected berries.

ARCTIC COCKTAILS: Reporter Gudmund Lindbaek at the most northern sportsbar, located in Ryggefjord in Finnmark, where home cocktails kept people shaken and stirred in lockdown.
ARCTIC COCKTAILS: Reporter Gudmund Lindbaek at the most northern sportsbar, located in Ryggefjord in Finnmark, where home cocktails kept people shaken and stirred in lockdown.

DESSERT COCKTAIL: A new dessert is invented – created as a cocktail by Norwegian Grenseløs Rum and the ever so exclusive Cloudberries.
DESSERT COCKTAIL: A new dessert is invented – created as a cocktail by Norwegian Grenseløs Rum and the ever so exclusive Cloudberries.

Kara-Shot

40 ml Arvesølvet Aquavit.
Two pieces of sugar, Angostura bitter, Orange zest, Lemon zest Ice cubes

Dip two pieces of sugar in Angostura bitter and put them in a glass. Crush the sugar and put aquavit in the glass. Stir the mixture until the drink becomes completely clear. Add ice cubes for cooling and let the drink rest for a few minutes. Decorate with cocktail berries, lemon zest and orange boat.

SPIRIT OF NORWAY: Gin, Rum and Aquavit all made in Norway by producer Det Norske Brenneri.
SPIRIT OF NORWAY: Gin, Rum and Aquavit all made in Norway by producer Det Norske Brenneri.

Hurtigruten; Charming trip to the Midnight Sun

Stirred and shaken

This part of Norway is the epicenter with two natural wonders; The spectacular Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun. From May to August, this is the place where the sun never sets. Like a long-lasting sunset and sunrise all at once.

The best period to experience the Northern Lights is from October to late March, north of the Arctic Circle. In order to see the dancing green lights, you need a dark, clear night, but the weather is unpredictable.
Then, once you finally witness the blissful lights – or the midnight sun – don´t be surprised if you´re feeling both stirred and shaken.

Gudmund Lindbaek
Gudmund Lindbaek
Journalist founded King Goya a few years back. Meeting people, local food and engaging stories are my passion. I plan for ambitious once-in-a-lifetime trips. My delight is the prospect of Future Travels: Longer, Slower, Farther! I just want a tiny slice of adventure to be alive, and then excited to return home.

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