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It’s here! 2016. And I hope you’re having a wonderful time ushering in the new year.

I was spring cleaning to welcome 2016 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, whatzzit? Horse pee?” Sorry, vodka lovers.

Absolut Vodka Citron

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’ve yet to try these drinks recipes but I am definitely grabbing some DRYCK LINGON on my next trip to IKEA.

Sparking Lingonberry Cosmo

Sparking Lingonberry Cosmopolitan

Photo: XOJane.com

First stop is XOJane. Claire Lower and her list of hacktails using IKEA syrups and drinks won my heart. She concocts the Sparkling Lingonberry Cosmo made from these ingredients.

  • 2 oz. of vodka
  • 0.75 oz. of lingonberry concentrate (DRYCK LINGON)
  • The juice of half a lemon
  • Soda water to top

In an ice-filled shaker, mix the first 3 ingredients together. Strain into a cocktail glass, top up with soda. Serve. See full recipe here.

Here’s another version of the lingonberry cosmo. Or if you really want to up the ante and serve it like the Icebar Stockholm, try this in the rocks version.

Dala Horse Cocktail

Dala horse lingonberry cocktail

Photo: FeastandWest.com

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:

  • 1 ounce lingonberry syrup (DRYCK LINGON)
  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice (equivalent to 1 tablespoon or about half a lime)
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • crushed ice
  • 4 to 6 ounces ginger beer, chilled
  • Lime slices

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. See full recipe here.

Lingonberry Margarita Cocktail

Lingonberries margarita cocktail

Photo: Sheknows.com

The last on my list is a Margarita. No vodka here but Margaritas have always been my poison of choice.

  • 1/2 ounce orange liqueur
  • 1-1/2 ounce tequila
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 teaspoon lingonberry preserves (SYLT LINGON)
  • 1 lime wheel and piece of candied ginger to garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • Lime wedge

See full recipe here.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this beyond the usual edition of IKEA hacks.

And finally, a toast to 2016.
Here’s to lots of love, laughs and blessings in every way.