Swede Dreams


1 1/2 oz vodka
1/2 oz applejack
1/4 oz lingonberry drink concentrate (available from Ikea food shop)

Shake well over ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Apple Jelly cocktail


We have a backyard apple tree that has never been a good producer. However, due to the drought last summer, all of the apple trees got a good rest and this year everyone is reporting bumper crops. So too with our tired old apple. Whereas normally it only produces enough apples for the squirrels, this year the branches are weighed down with fruit. I simply had to make apple jelly. And thus this cocktail!

1 1/2 oz vodka
1 oz applejack or Calvados
2 tsp apple jelly
1/4 tsp Peychaud’s bitters

Shake well and stain into ice-filled jelly jar.


Skoglander (October 28, 2012)

1 oz pear nectar
1 oz Laird’s Applejack
1/2 oz bourbon
1 heaping teaspoon Cointreau-soaked lingonberry jam

Shake well with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass (fine strain if you don’t like berry pips).

Created for Ian Skogland, who unfortunately was not here to taste it, but his wife said he would like it.

Hello Mabel

Hello Mabel (for Mabel Slattery – June 23, 2012)

Like its namesake, this is sweet, memorable and powerful.

1 1/2 oz gin
1/2 oz applejack or Calvados
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/4 oz elderflower cordial
1/8 oz real pomegranate grenadine
Garnish with berries and grapes on a toothpick

(Variation on a Clover Club/Pink Lady)