No party is complete without cocktails. That is, at least not an HonestlyYUM party! So that’s exactly what I have for you today – the perfect cocktail to celebrate Midsummer. When coming up with a recipe, it was important for me to embrace the flavors and ingredients of a traditional Northern European Midsummer celebration. Aquavit instantly came to mind. I’ve been dying to use aquavit in a cocktail ever since chatting with Molly Yeh about her wedding drinks. I used an aquavit that had warm flavors of anise and caraway. Naturally I also mixed in some sherry for nuttiness, and elderflower liqueur for floral and citrus notes. The resulting cocktail is intricate, well-balanced, and oh-so-elegant. Let the celebration begin!

A Midsummer Cocktail with Aquavit, Sherry, and Elderflower Liqueur | honestlyyum.com @honestlyyum

A Midsummer Cocktail with Aquavit, Sherry, and Elderflower Liqueur | honestlyyum.com @honestlyyum

A Midsummer Cocktail with Aquavit, Sherry, and Elderflower Liqueur | honestlyyum.com @honestlyyum

A Midsummer Cocktail with Aquavit, Sherry, and Elderflower Liqueur | honestlyyum.com @honestlyyum

MIDSUMMER COCKTAIL

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz aquavit
  • 3/4 oz manzanilla sherry
  • 1/4 oz St. Germain elderflower liqueur
  • twist of lemon for garnish (optional)

Directions:

  • Add all your ingredients to a mixing glass full of ice, and stir for 30-40 seconds.
  • Strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

(images by HonestlyYUM; styled by Spotted SF)