What Mr lyan said

An unusual mojito hack

”A mojito please!”

– This might be one of the most dreaded orders in the high end cocktail bar industry.


Because you get it all the time so you end up slicing lime and picking mint all night. But most importantly you won’t get to serve all the interesting cocktails on the menu that you and your team have worked so hard on to excite guests with unique and interesting flavor combinations.

Some serve mojitos regardless and cash in. Some choose not to serve it. Some even go to the extreme of not having mint in the bar at all, so that there will be no debate… A lot of bars choose a middle way of featuring something similar yet slightly different on the menu to recommend the conservative guest.

This is the current approach at GILT where the mojito hack “What Mr Lyan Said” is featured on their “local and seasonal” menu:

What Mr Lyan Said - vodka based cocktail from Gilt cocktail bar in Copenhagen60 ml mint and elderflower infused vodka (Den Klodsede Bjørn)
0,5 ml honey
3 dashes citric acid
1 slice cucumber

Topped with seltzer (soda) and stirred

Garnished with a mint sprig

What Mr Lyan Said exemplifies some of the current leitmotifs of the cocktail menu at GILT which are local, long, clear and light. All cocktails in the local and seasonal section of the menu are based on locally produced spirits; in this case Den Klodsede Bjørn vodka infused with mint and elderflower.

By infusing the vodka rather that “swizzling” the leafs and flowers into the drink the flavor is deepened and brought to the back of the palate. The infusion also makes the drink appear elegant and clear as does the use of citric acid as substitute for lime juice.

The combination of cucumber and elderflower gives the drink a peculiar melon-like flavor. Only little sugar is used making this drink a refreshing, light and elegant acquaintance.

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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.