2 oz Gin <Napue>
3/4 oz Cloudberry Liqueur <Lignell & Piispanen>
1/4 oz Lemon Juice
Shake with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Ideally you would garnish with a cloudberry, but a raspberry would work too. Of course, when I made this, I had neither.
Scotland has Scotch, Mexico has Tequila and Mezcal, Japan has Sake. Finland has…well, uh..vodka I guess. There isn’t really a signature spirit as far as I can tell. But they are all about their berries. Raspberries, blueberries, lingonberries are everywhere. There was even one berry I never heard of before…the cloudberry. It kind of looks like s more bulbous orange raspberry. We picked up a container on our first trip to Market Square in Helsinki during vacation. The flavor is tart and a little sweet and kind of musty (in a good way) all at once. As I read about the various ways they’re used (in pastries, as jam, mixed with cream and sugar), I discovered they are made into a liqueur that is popular in Finland. I guess the Finns do kind of have a signature booze after all. Continue reading