Spruce Juice

Resin from the forests of Svanholm Gods

Most Danes think that aquavit and “snaps” are the same thing. Snaps however is not necessarily aquavit whereas every aquavit is a “snaps”. In fact any flavored spirit can be called a snaps whereas aquavit is defined by having caraway and or dill as flavor dominating components.

Since 2001 the chef Dan Schumacher have been reinventing Danish brandy and snaps experimenting with new flavor infusions to bring the snaps into the 21st century. He has been very successful in his quest and many cocktail bars in Copenhagen are using his products when an interesting local twist is needed. At Duck and Cover they use his phenomenal “Rødgran Brændevin” (spruce snaps) for their Christmas signature long drink Spruce Juice.

4 cl Schumachers Rødgran snaps
1 bar spoon Rondo
1 bar spoon Sugar syrup
Clementine juice from one fruit

Build over ice and stirred to mix the ingredients properly. Garnished with lemon, pine and a mandarin twist.

The snaps is made from small green spruce sprouts from the forests of Svanholm Gods. The combination of the “piny” resin flavored spruce snaps and the bitter tonic makes a long drink perfect for rehydration after a stressful afternoon in the mall shopping for Christmas presents.

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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.