Daffodill Sprout by Thomas Klem Andersen from Cocktails of Copenhagen. Easter cocktail inspired by skidne æg with dill aquavit, black tea, egg white, acacia honey, Mozart dry chocolate spirit and tarragon. Photo by Alexander Banck Petersen.

Daffodill Sprout

Celebrate Easter with eggs, dill and daffodils

Many symbols are associated with easter. Among the most common is the daffodil and Easter eggs.

For most Danes Easter is also associated with the coming of spring and we celebrate the longer days and first spring sprouts as the sun returns. This is no small thing in Scandinavia and the rest of the northern hemisphere where the winter months seem long and dark. Around Easter you’ll se Scandinavians having a ball in the streets almost as if they had forgotten that the sun would ever return. Most of us get so over enthusiastic that we forget that the temperature hasn’t really caught up yet and drop our coats and scarfs. This also makes Easter a season for colds and a lot of sick leaves… But this we happily forget each year too.

There are several other reasons that eggs are associated with Easter. In peasant society Easter was the season for plowing and sowing. This was tiresome work and solid meals were called for like “plovgrød” (plowing gravy) and “skidne æg” (which literally translates as “dirty eggs” but better described as smiling eggs in mustard sauce).

The “dirty eggs” were usually served on the Saturday before Easter which was known as “skiden Lørdag” (dirty Saturday). This Saturday in-between the Easter holidays (Maundy Thursday and Good Friday where you were not allowed to clean) was a day for cleaning out dirt (hence the name) after having your house full of guests. You needed something easy for dinner and “dirty eggs” was an easy and delicious dish. It’s still a wide spread Easter dish in Denmark today.

“Daffodill Sprout” combines the traditional Danish Easter ingredients of egg and mustard (dirty eggs) with the light dill aquavit and the return of spring in the form of a tarragon sprig.

4 cl black tea infused dill aquavit
3 cl lemon juice
2 cl acacia honey
1 cl of mozart dry chocolate spirit
1/2 bar spoon dijon mustard
Egg white

Dry shake all ingredients. Shake with ice. Serve over ice cubes in an egg shaped glass (we use a beautiful egg shaped Holmegaard glass from Rosendahl designed by Peter Svarrer in his Cabernet-series). Garnish with a sprig of tarragon.

Daffodill Sprout by Thomas Klem Andersen from Cocktails of Copenhagen. Easter cocktail inspired by skidne æg with dill aquavit, black tea, egg white, acacia honey, Mozart dry chocolate spirit and tarragon. Photo by Alexander Banck Petersen.

Dill aquavit is the white wine of aquavits and is often drunk with pickled herring for Easter. It is more herby and summery compared to the caraway spiced aquavits and a better fit for a spring cocktail. Acacia honey is a perfect sweetener for aquavit. The aromas of black tea and tarragon blends in extremely well with the mustard and dill. The subtle hint of chocolate from the Mozart dry chocolate spirit ties all this together and makes this cocktail interestingly complex.

Complex is not always a good thing. But it’s definitely not a bad thing if you find the right synergy of aromas!

If you are intrigued by the mix of dill and chocolate, also check out Lidkoeb’s “Green & White” or for another use for your dill aquavit Duck and Cover‘s “Beetroot Basher“.

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Thomas Klem Andersen
I believe that true mastery eventually leads to original creation given the right conditions. I love creative cocktails that push the limits of flavor pairing. But I can't deny I have a personal preference for whisky and love everything that is clear and stirred.