Food & Drink Mar 16, 2017

Seven Delicious Brennivin Cocktail Recipes You Need to Try Today!

Embrace your inner Icelander with these unique recipes featuring the Icelandic aquavit.

While Brennivín is often enjoyed simply as an ice cold shot, it also makes for some great cocktails! For those looking for something with a little more flair,  Brennivín America’s Joe Spiegel has compiled a list of his favorite recipes, which highlight the Icelandic aquavit’s unique flavor.

The Wildfire
Created by Will Jarvis @ Juniper in Cody WY
– 1.5 oz Brennivín
– .5 oz Hot-Pepper Honey (I like to use cayenne and habanero peppers)
– 3 drops Bolivar bitters (from Bittercube Bitters in Milwaukee)

Method: Combine ingredients with ice in shaker and shake. Double strain into glass.
Glass: Goblet or snifter
Garnish: Smoke applewood chips with a handheld cold-smoker, or use open flame (carefully!)

Arctic Solstice
Created in 2014 by Villi K. of B5, Reykjavik
– 2 oz Brennivín
– 1 oz Chambord or Chateau Monet Creme Framboise
– 1 oz Fresh squeezed lime juice

Method: Shake with ice. Strain.
Glass: Collins; top with soda water to fill
Garnish: Mint sprig and slice of grapefruit

Black Rose
Created in 2014 by Jeff Grdinich of The Rose, Jackson Hole, WY
– 1.5 oz Brennivín
– 1.25 oz Lillet Rose
– 0.25 oz Kina D’Avion d’Or

Method: Stir / Strain
Glass: Coupe

Iced Coffee
Created in 2014 by Jeff Grdinich & Brittany Fells of The Rose, Jackson Hole, WY
– 1.75 oz Brennivín
– 0.25 oz Galliano Ristretto
– 0.5 oz Cruzan Blackstrap Rum
– 0.75 oz Grapefruit Juice
– 1 Barspoon Demerara Syrup

Method: Shake / Strain
Glass: Double Old Fashioned with crushed ice
Garnish: Mint sprig

Created in 2014 by Jason Moore of Brennivín America
– 2 oz Brennivín
– 1 oz Lillet Blanc
– 1 oz Tangerine or mandarin orange juice, preferably the Ojai Pixie Tangerine
– 2 dashes citrus bitters

Method: Shake
Glass: Coup
Garnish: Orange peel

Harry’s Old Fashioned
Created in 2014 by Harry Sheff (Cocktails & Cologne)
– 1 oz Brennivín
– 1 oz Rittenhouse Rye
– 1 dash bitters
– ½ barspoon simple syrup

Method: Shake
Glass: Double Old Fashioned
Garnish: Orange or grapefruit peel

Sæmundur: The Knowledgeable
Created in 2014 by Warren Bobrow (Cocktail Whisperer)
– 2 oz Brennivín
– ½ oz American Fruits Sour Cherry Cordial
– 1 oz Mint simple syrup: Crush 1 cup spearmint and add to 1 cup Demerara Sugar and 1 cup spring water. Bring to a simmer in a non-reactive saucepan for at least 20 minutes. Reduce to desired thickness and strain out the mint with a cheesecloth. Reduce some more for extra good luck in battle.
– 1 oz soda water
– 2-3 drops Bitter Truth lemon bitters

Method: Shake Brennivín, Sour Cherry Cordial, mint syrup and bar ice. Strain into Collins glass filled with hand-cut ice. Top with soda water and bitters.
Glass: Collins
Garnish: Sour cherry pierced by a long straw

Brennivín is continuing to gain widespread availability throughout North America, so pick up a bottle today and try out these refreshing recipes! Be sure to share your best Brennivín photos with us on Twitter, and don’t forget to tag @BrennivinUSA as well!

Please always drink responsibly!