Sleipner - from Lidkoeb cocktail bar in Copenhagen


Cherry, caraway and a godly steed

Everyone loves the exotic modern classic Mai Tai with its tasty backbone combination of almond, rum and lime. At Lidkoeb they serve it in a re-engineered version based on some essential Danish building blocks and named after Odin’s eight-legged horse Sleipner* from Norse mythology:

Sleipner - from Lidkoeb cocktail bar in Copenhagen2,5cl Aalborg Taffel Akvavit
2.5cl Hennessy V.S. Cognac
1cl Cherry Heering
2cl Fresh Lemon Juice
2cl Cashew Orgeat**
Dash Egg white

Dry shake all ingredients to emulsify the egg white. Then shake with ice and straine over cubed ice in a mug. Garnish with a herry.

**Soak cashews for a few hours. Blend the mix and filter it through a cloth. Add a bit of orange flower water and sugar for taste and preservation.

Aalborg Taffel aquavit mixed with Danish cherry liqueur and a homemade Cashew Orgeat makes this drink a savory Nordic version of the classic Mai Tai. The combo is boosted with fresh lemon juice and rich cognac. All served in a proper hipster mug.

If you’d like to explore the combination  of aquavit and cherry further, check out the No Name Cherry Fizz from Duck and cover, the Sloe Sling from Ruby or the Sherry Cask Pickle.

*A wiki inside on Sleipner

Sleipner is the eight-legged steed of Odin, the child of Loki and Svaðilfari and told to be the best horse among gods and men.

Right at the beginning of the gods’ settlement, when the gods established Midgard and built Valhalla, an unnamed builder who has offered to build a fortification for the gods in three seasons that will keep out invaders in exchange for the goddess Freyja, the sun, and the moon.

By restrictions of the gods the builder had to complete the work within three seasons with the help of no man. However he requested that he could be assisted by his stallion Svaðilfari, and due to Loki’s influence, this was allowed.

The stallion Svaðilfari proved unaturally strong and hauled enormous rocks to the surprise of the gods and the builder made fast progress on the wall.

Deciding that Loki was to blame, the gods declare that Loki would deserve a horrible death if he could not find a scheme that would cause the builder to forfeit his payment.

When the builder was about to fetch the last stones with his stallion Svaðilfari, out from a wood runs Loki in the form of a mare. Seeing this Svaðilfari becomes frantic, tares apart his tackle, and runs off to the woods after the mare.

The two horses ran around all night, causing the building work to be held up for the night, and the previous momentum of building work that the builder had been able to maintain was not continued.

Due to his nightly encounter with Svaðilfari, Loki later gave birth to a grey foal with eight legs; the horse Sleipner – the best horse among gods and men, which became Odin’s steed.

If you are intrigued by the use of aquavit in cocktails download our free ebook on aquavit cocktails to explore further.

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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.