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.
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
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.
Dala Horse Cocktail
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
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
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.