The Nordic Skipper

Want to try your hand at mixology? The Nordic Skipper comes compliments of Robyn Cleveland, bartender at The Ravens Club in Ann Arbor (and president of the Detroit chapter of the U.S. Bartenders Guild). Cleveland’s inspiration for this complex drink comes from Scandinavia; the cherry syrup reinterprets Glogg, a Swedish holiday punch that is similar to a mulled wine.


1.5 oz. Linie Aquavit
1 oz.  Kronan Swedish Punsch
0.5 oz. fresh lemon juice  
0.5 oz. cherry Glogg syrup (see below)
Two dashes Angostura bitters

To Create

  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, fill with ice, shake hard for 15-20 seconds (the shaker should start to get frosty). 2. Double-strain through Hawthorne and small basket strainers to remove ice chips and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. 3. Garnish with an orange peel.

*Glogg syrup

1/2 cup toasted almonds  
5 crushed cardamom pods
8 cloves
5 crushed allspice berries
1/4 cinnamon stick (broken)

Toast the above ingredients over medium heat for five minutes or until fragrant. Crush the almonds and add:

8 oz. tart cherry juice concentrate
2 Tbs. dried orange peel
1 Tbs dried lemon peel
1/4 cup (packed) raisins
1/2 cup chopped fresh ginger
1 ½ cup sugar
½ cup water

Bring to a boil and then turn heat to low. Simmer on low for 20 minutes. Cover and let cool. Strain and add .5 oz. almond extract.

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