Spirited Traveller: Cocktailing in Copenhagen

Tue Nov 15, 2011 5:24pm EST
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bookended by the Carlsberg and Tuborg breweries, the Danes have long been a nation of beer drinkers. But a new generation of bartenders is driving a vibrant cocktail culture in Copenhagen.

And as of two years ago, the city has its own signature quaff, the Copenhagen Cocktail.

Created by Gromit Eduardsen, bartending partner at 1105 (www.1105.dk),

the drink has a cheery pink hue and lightly fruity flavor and won a contest sponsored by Danish liqueur brand Cherry Heering. (Cherry Heering also is a key ingredient in the classic Singapore Sling and Blood & Sand cocktails.)

However, don't expect to find the drink on every cocktail menu in town.

At Ruby (rby.dk/), offerings run to classics and seasonal libations with international influence, such as the Mirabellini (hazelnut-infused pisco shaken with Mirabelle plum jam and topped with dry Champagne).

Hidden speakeasy The Union (Store Strandstrde 19; 1255 Kbenhavn K) is also noted for its excellent drinks, which flow from midnight until the wee hours - but don't look for the Copenhagen Cocktail there either.

You can however get one at Mash (www.mashsteak.dk/),

short for "Modern American Steak House," a prime venue for business lunches and dinners. "It has a great bar team," Eduardsen says, "and it's probably the best steak house in Scandinavia."   Continued...