Lovage (løvstikke in Danish) is widely used in Danish Restaurants these days. So much so that, Lars Fahrner from Salon 39 refers to it as a “retro herb” and he remembers how his grandad always used to add lovage to the water when boiling potatoes for extra flavor.
You also find lovage at Salon 39 in the alcohol-free cocktail Civil Liberty featured on the non-alcoholic section of the menu in the company of two other virgin choices: Seedlip Spice & soda and Seedlip Garden & Tonic (read more on the “alcohol-free spirit” Seedlip here with some suggested recipes).
40 ml homemade lovage syrup*
40 ml freshly squeezed lime juice
Mix the syrup and lime in a highball glass. Top with crushed ice and soda. Garnish with mint.
*Mix lovage with warm sugar syrup (2:1 sugar to water at 60-70 degrees. Use a bundle of lovage to one liter of syrup and blend it). Filter the mix through a coffee filter after 2-3 minutes and you have your own tasty lovage syrup. Best used within a week and top two weeks.
Lovage has a strong and intense celery like flavor which gives this drink a herbal, green and “leafy” profile. It’s simple but extremely tasty.
Lovage has traditionally been used as an aphrodisiac hence the name from “love-ache”. So don’t just serve this drink to anyone…
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