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    June 25 2014

    Celebrate Summer the Reyka Way

    Solstice cocktails and summer projects inspired by Reyka Vodka

    With summer in full swing, Reyka Vodka has some some unique drink ideas and fun projects to spice up your summer. Crafted in the remote coastal village of Borgarnes, Reyka Vodka is filtered through ancient lava rocks and made from the purest Icelandic spring water. Even if you can't be in Iceland for the summer solstice, you can bring some of Iceland to your house with these fun activities and refreshing recipes!

    With long days ahead, summer is the perfect time to start new projects. Whether it's for your house, to entertain guests or to simply pass the time, Reyka Vodka has several projects you can easily recreate. Inspired by Iceland's iconic greenery, turn a pallet into your own garden with with step-by-step pallet garden guide. If you're looking to spruce up some boring walls, read about how to create your own moss art here.

    After you serve up some Reyka cocktails listed below, save the Reyka bottles for some fun crafts such as creating your own solar-powered wind chimes or perhaps a kaleidoscope for the kids. For more Iceland-inspired projects, check out Reyka Vodka on Facebook for ideas and how-to videos.

    While it's fun to bring a bit of Icelandic culture to you, we would also love to bring you to Iceland! Enter the Reyka Adventure Sweepstakes by July 31 by liking Reyka Vodka on Facebook and submitting your basic contact information here. One grand prize winner and a guest will receive a four day, three night stay in Reykjavik. The grand prize includes round trip airfare for two, hotel accommodations and airport transfers to/from Keflavik International Airport.

    Below are some cocktail recipes from Reyka Vodka inspired by Iceland's summer solstice:

    Out of Darkness Cocktail: a milk punch using Skyr, an Icelandic-style yogurt that is a staple to the Icelandic diet.

    • 2 oz. Reyka Vodka

    • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice

    • 1 oz. whole milk

    • ½ oz. Siggi's Skyr yogurt
      Combine all ingredients. Stir well. Place mixture into an ultra-thin strainer. Allow the mixture to sit overnight so that the dairy strains out of the cocktail into a smaller glass. Serve chilled the following day.

    Morning Dew Drop: a cocktail representing the pagan ritual of rolling around naked through the dewy grass.

    • 3 oz. Reyka Vodka

    • 1 oz. wildflower honey

    • Morning Dew mixture (fresh herbs, e.g., Dill, Mint, Thyme)
      Prepare the dew mixture by using a blender to mix dill, mint, thyme and one ounce of Reyka Vodka. Strain the mixture into a spray bottle. Mist the inside of a glass with the dew mixture. In a cocktail shaker, add the remaining Reyka Vodka, honey and ice. Shake well so that the honey dissolves in the Reyka. Strain into the dew-splashed glass and enjoy a refreshing burst of flowery taste.

    Appearing Sun: a cocktail signifying the 24 hours of sunlight during the Solstice

    • 2 oz. Reyka Vodka

    • 1 oz. wild lingonberry puree (or raspberry)

    • 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice

    • 1/2 oz. simple syrup

    • 1 quail egg, separated
      Add all ingredients except the egg yolk to a cocktail shaker. Shake for 10 seconds to whip up a froth. Next, add ice and shake for 20 seconds. Strain and serve up. Garnish with the egg yolk.

    Bonfire: a tradition at every Solstice celebration

    • 3 oz. Reyka Vodka

    • Reyka Bitters
      In a fire-proof container, build a small fire of dried moss and dried flower petals. Capture the smoke inside a rocks glass. In a mixing glass, add Reyka and 3 drops of Reyka bitters over ice and stir to combine. Strain over fresh ice and into the smoked rocks glass for a smokey, naturalistic taste.

    If you want a new dish to serve with your Iceland inspired cocktails, try this simple 4-ingredient Icelandic delicacy: Pickled Herring Picnic Salad. For the recipe, click here.

     

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