Queen Berengaria from Curfew - one of the best cocktail bars in Copenhagen, photo by Alexander Banck Petersen, photographer for Cocktails of Copenhagen

Queen Berengaria

Based on a true story

Based on the true story of the marriage between a Danish king and a Portuguese queen. What better way to manifest Humberto Marques’ Portuguese heritage in a cocktail glass in the heart of Copenhagen?

The historical marriage between king Valdemar and queen Berengaria took place 800 years ago. The marriage of flavors in this cocktail brings together Danish vanilla infused aquavit and ruby port wine. Add to that Humberto’s homemade blackberry/lemon verbena shrub and you have a wonderfully tasting concoction. Ingredients such as blackberries were much used in medieval times in the nordic countries and lemon verbena was brought to Europe by the Portuguese and the Spanish in the 17th century.

5cl Vanilla infused Aquavit (24 hours)

4cl Blackberry/lemon verbena shrub (recipe below)

2cl Ruby Port wine

Shake over ice and strain into a Portuguese traditional black clay cup (this one is designed by Danish designer Marcus Vangby).

Garnish with Lemon verbena and blackberries

The Queen Berengaria masterfully represents the meeting of Portuguese heritage and Danish drinking culture and is a good way to start savoring the unique cultural exchange that you will be sure to meet when visiting Curfew. Long live the queen!

Queen Berengaria from Curfew - one of the best cocktail bars in Copenhagen, photo by Alexander Banck Petersen, photographer for Cocktails of Copenhagen

Blackberry/lemon verbena shrub: 

1 l water

1 kg sugar

225 ml apple cider vinegar

125 ml of verjus

450 g blackberries

6-8 lemon verbena sprigs

Bring the water to a boil, add sugar, stir. Let it cool down a little, add the rest of the ingredients and liquidize all in a blender, then filter and bottle it. Store in fridge.

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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.