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!
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.