Drink Nordic is a celebration of the northern bartenders – the project now seeks Nordic cocktail recipes
Drink Nordic is a book project by Eetu Topo and Laura Hujanen, two prominent Finnish drinks industry personalities, bartenders and journalists. The book aims to become the first comprehensive look into Nordic cocktails, written by the community, for the global consumer audience.
While Nordic kitchen has been on the rise for more than a decade, the drinks culture has quietly followed suit – go to any big city in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland or even Iceland, and you will find multiple bars making extraordinary cocktails inspired by local cuisine, nature, ingredients, seasons and visual identity. Drink Nordic is an attempt to bring all of that into one easy-to-use manual that looks good in a bar shelf, on a design apartment sofa table or in the hands of an amateur home bartender.
Drink Nordic takes part in creating a more responsible, healthy relationship with drinks and celebrate our exquisite modern heritage in cocktails. Responsible drinking culture means quality over quantity, sees a drink as a comprehensive experience and the role of bars as social environments for fruitful encounters. At its best, a drink is an instrument over which one creates new relationships and overcomes cultural borders.
Drink Nordic seeks to know what makes modern Nordic drinks culture so unique and personal. This book will be the first of its kind, and it’s definitely about time for one to finally come out.
Seasonality is the reality in the Nordics
One of the aspects that affect the way the Nordic people eat and drink are the seasons. Drink Nordic will celebrate the diversity of Nordic nature and the importance of seasons in a playful way. Every season has its typical ingredients, both farmed and wild, and a selection of drink recipes by the best bartenders in the Nordics. Those recipes will be modified to fit the skill level of a home bartender and tested to perfection. Along with the seasonal cocktail recipes from the community, there will be sections for traditional Nordic holidays and celebrations, and drinks to fit those occasions. All of these events will be presented with drinks and tips on how to celebrate accordingly.
Right now the authors are looking to find the best seasonal drinks from around Nordics in a form of a competition. Besides new creations, the aim is also to look for established cocktails and local classics. To help find out all different perspectives and opinions for “what is Nordic cocktail”, tell a bartender friend or industry professional about the project and let them contribute!
Find out more about the competition here: facebook.com/drinknordic