As the sun (and occasional downpour) grace the Nordic skies, it’s time to celebrate the soulful essence of Scandinavia with a refreshing summer drink. Whether you prefer a non-alcoholic option or want to indulge in a spirited beverage, we’ve got you covered. Paired with an appropriate summer soul song handpicked from scandinaviansoul.com, these original drinks will take you on a sensory journey through the flavours and melodies of Scandinavian soul.
So, grab your favourite glass, turn up the volume, and let’s dive in!
Nordic Berry Bliss (Non-Alcoholic)
• 1 cup fresh lingonberries
• 1 cup fresh raspberries
• 1 cup sparkling water
• 1 tablespoon honey (adjust according to taste)
• Fresh mint leaves for garnish
• Ice cubes
1 In a blender, combine the lingonberries, raspberries, and honey. Blend until smooth.
2 Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any seeds or pulp.
3 Fill a glass with ice cubes and pour the berry mixture over the ice.
4 Top it off with sparkling water and gently stir.
5 Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and enjoy this Nordic Berry Bliss!
Summer Soul Song: Promise – Parasto Sazvar
Sparkling Scandi Breeze (Non-Alcoholic)
• 4 oz cranberry juice
• 2 oz sparkling water
• 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
• 1 tsp honey or agave syrup (adjust to taste)
• Fresh berries (blueberries, raspberries) for garnish
• Mint sprigs, for garnish
• Ice cubes
1 Fill a glass with ice cubes.
2 In a separate container, mix cranberry juice, sparkling water, lime juice, and honey or agave syrup.
3 Stir well until the honey or agave syrup is fully dissolved.
4 Pour the mixture over the ice cubes in the glass.
5 Garnish with fresh berries and mint sprigs.
6 Allow the flavours to infuse for a minute before enjoying the Sparkling Scandi Breeze.
7 Take a sip and let the coolness wash over you.
Summer Soul Song: Sheila Simmenes / Anywhere You Go
Fjord Breeze (with alcohol)
• 2 oz vodka
• 1 oz blue curaçao liqueur
• 2 oz pineapple juice
• 1 oz lime juice
• Fresh blueberries for garnish
• Ice cubes
1 Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
2 Add vodka, blue curaçao liqueur, pineapple juice, and lime juice.
3 Shake well to blend the flavours.
4 Strain the mixture into a chilled glass filled with ice cubes.
5 Garnish with fresh blueberries and let the Fjord Breeze transport you to our soulful summer soundscape.
Summer Soul Song: Madisen Jane / Summertime
Scandi Soul Spritz (with alcohol)
• 2 oz elderflower liqueur (or elderflower juice)
• 4 oz sparkling wine or Prosecco
• 1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 2-3 fresh mint leaves
• Ice cubes
• Lemon slices, for garnish
1 In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves gently to release their flavours.
2 Add elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, and a handful of ice cubes.
3 Shake well until chilled.
4 Strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice cubes.
5 Top it off with sparkling wine or Prosecco.
6 Garnish with a slice of lemon and a sprig of mint.
7 Raise your glass and feel the bubbly summer groove!
Summer Soul Song: The Colour / Pink Champagne
With these unique Scandinavian soul drinks, your summer is sure to be filled with refreshing sips and captivating melodies. Whether you opt for the non-alcoholic Nordic Berry Bliss or the spirited Fjord Breeze, each beverage offers a taste of the region’s vibrant flavours and cultural richness. Accompanied by the handpicked summer soul songs, your beverage experience will be elevated to new heights.
So, let the music play, raise your glass, and savour the essence of Scandinavian soul this and every summer.
Photos and drink creations by Andy Collins and Hannah Mannheimer.