Helsinki Cocktail 2017 is the signature drink of the city of Helsinki. The competition between the best cocktail bars in Helsinki was held to determine which bar produced the best expression of the capitol of Finland.
Laura Nissinen from A21 Decades wanted to capture the spirit and athmosphere of Helsinki in their cocktail. Helsinki Cocktail is a flavor journey to different areas of Helsinki: from central market Kauppatori to vibrant Kallio and from posh Eira to the old Abbattoir area. The flavors of the cocktail represent different aspects of finnishness. Lingonberries depict the forest, cardamon reminds of childhood and Finnish cinnamom buns, raspberry vinegar adds Nordic flavor to the drink. Finnish people are the biggest coffee consumers in the world, so coffee was a natural choice for one of the flavors. Absolut vodka has been infused with used Smooth Prince espresso coffee beans from Robert Paulig Roastery to add earthy notes to the drink.
This unexpected combination of Finnish flavors produces a drink that is easy to drink but complex in taste. Perfect representation of Helsinki!
Helsinki Cocktail 2017 by Laura Nissinen
20ml Absolut vodka 2 barspoons of used coffee beans, ground (Smooth Prince Espresso by Robert Paulig Roastery)
20 ml lemon juice
20 ml lingonberry juice
20 ml cardamon syrup
4 drops raspberry vinegar
Measure coffee in coffee filter, pour vodka through the coffee to infuse it. Mix infused coffee with other ingredients in cocktail shaker. Shake well and pour through sieve into a rocks glass. Add a big ice cube and garnish with rye chip, ryeflower and lingonberries.
Photo: Kalle Kirjalainen and Laura Nissinen (front page)