Cruisers sail for a number of different reasons. Some want to get away from the stresses of daily life during what little vacation they get every year. Others, however, are on a journey to visit new places and experience new things they can’t anywhere else. Celebrity Cruises has a new cocktail aboard their cruises to Norway which bring together unique flavors for a truly Scandinavian taste experience. It’s bringing guests closer the understanding a land most have not explored before.
For Celebrity Cruises, bringing guests an authentic experience on their cruises to Norway was a main point of emphasis for the cruise line, thus the Smoked Ruby Summer Solstice Sour came to be.
Norwegian summers are extraordinary as the flora and fauna have such a short window to grow to their full potential before winter starts again. The cocktail begins with a classic Scandinavian liquor, Aquavit, which has been part of the culture of the region for hundreds of years. Add to the shaker a mix of juice from fresh pressed berries and ginger syrup along with lemon juice to highlight the region’s sweet summer fruits.
The glass is garnished with wildflowers and a gold leaf representing Norway’s nickname as the “Land of the Midnight Sun”. The final product is also supplemented with rosemary smoke from a handheld smoker to represent the bonfires which are popular during the summer months.
Celebrity worked closely with Beautiful Booze, a cocktail blogger with a large Instagram following to create the Smoked Ruby Summer Solstice Sour. Find the complete recipe below!
Smoked Ruby Summer Solstice Sour
1 and ½ shots of Aquavit
1 shot of lemon juice
½ shot of mixed berry juicy (try blueberry, raspberry or cranberry)
½ shot of Ginger Syrup
Drizzle of runny honey
2 dashes Cardamom Bitters
1 egg white
Garnish: Gold leaf, herbs and wild flowers
Optional: Smoked rosemary
- Gather your ingredients and add everything to a cocktail shaker.
- Add ice, then shake mixture thoroughly.
- Strain the mixture to remove the ice, then shake again.
- Serve in the glass, then garnish with gold leaf, wildflowers and herbs.
- For an additional smoky-effect, use a handheld smoker to create an intense rosemary smoke.