I was spring cleaning my kitchen and unearthed this: A bottle of Absolut. It’s been standing at the back row of my shelf for years, begging me to take a sip of it. I did once and thought “yowza, wats dis?”
But not being one to waste, I figured there must be some more palatable ways to drink this poison. Google gave me my answers. It seems vodka is like BFF with lingonberry syrup. I’m definitely grabbing some DRYCK LINGON on my next trip to IKEA. Pair the cocktails with a few no-fail finger food and I’m all set for a party at home.
Susannah of FeastandWest.com gives the Moscow Mule a twist and turns it into a Dala Horse Cocktail. This looks yummy and the blend of sweet-tart-bitter-spicy flavours will be head bending at the very least. You’ll need:
½ ounce fresh lime juice (equivalent to 1 tablespoon or about half a lime)
2 ounces vodka
4 to 6 ounces ginger beer, chilled
First, you fill the bottom of the glass with the lingonberry syrup. Stir in lime juice and vodka. Then top up with crushed ice. To get that two tone effect, slowly pour in the ginger beer. And serve with a wedge of lime. Stir slowly and drink.
Lingonberry Margarita Cocktail
The last cocktail on my list is a Margarita. Mutt and Chops has an awesome recipe that hits all the notes. No vodka here but Margaritas have always been my poison of choice.
1 lime wheel and piece of candied ginger to garnish
2 tablespoons sea salt for glass rim
First prepare the glasses by running the wedge of lime around the rim. Pour sea salt on a plate and place the glass upside down onto plate. Set them aside.
Then in a cocktail mixer, add all the ingredients and top with ice. Cover the lid and do the shake. It calls for a vigorous shake for about 30 seconds till ingredients are thoroughly mixed and cold. Put a handful of crushed ice into the glass and pour. Garnish with lime wheel and candied ginger if desired.
Lingonberry Pomegranate Cocktail
IKEA shows us how best to use their signature lingonberry syrup in this sparkling mix of sweet, tart and fizz. Ingredients for the cocktail are:
Juice of half a lemon
1.5 tbs lingonberry syrup (DRYCK LINGON)
1.5 tbs grenadine
7 tbs sparkling apple and lingonberry drink (DRYCK BUBBEL ÄPPLE & LINGON)
A thin slice of lemon
Fill a tall glass with crushed ice and set aside. In a shaker, mix lemon juice, lingonberry syrup and vodka with a few cubes of ice. Top it off with the grenadine and the sparkling apple-lingonberry drink. Pour the mix over crushed ice, garnish with pomegranate seeds and serve.
Mix the lingonberry syrup with the pressed fresh grapefruit in a glass. Add ice and top up with fizzy water.
Bonus! Spicy Rhubarb Cocktail
approx 1 cm slice of red chilli
40 ml rhubarb syrup (SAFT RABARBER)
approx. 1 tsp ginger syrup
1/2 lime, juice of (approx. 1 tbsp)
150 ml fizzy water
1 1/2 tbsp chopped fresh ginger
200 ml water
100 ml sugar
Ginger syrup: Bring the water, ginger and sugar to a boil and simmer for about 10 minutes. Sieve, pour into a bottle and stand in a cool place. This syrup is great for all kinds of drinks and will keep for several weeks in the fridge.
Crush the chilli with a cocktail muddler in a glass. Pour over the rhubarb syrup, ginger syrup and pressed lime. Fill up with ice. Mix and top up with fizzy water. Makes about 200ml.
Both mocktail recipes will turn out better when mixed with a shaker. Garnish and enjoy!
Hope you’ve enjoyed this beyond the usual edition of IKEA hacks.
Let me know in the comments below if you’ve mixed one of these lingonberry cocktails.