May 29 2015
Iceland‘s Best Brennivín Cocktail Contest 2015
On May 5 in Reykjavik, the best Brennivín cocktail in Iceland was discovered!
The Best Brennivín Cocktail Contest evaluated 10 mixologists’ use of Iceland’s favorite aquavit in an original cocktail recipe, and here we have the winning ingredients for the best drink of the year!
There are many ways to enjoy Brennivín, Iceland’s favorite spirit. Sometimes a shot of it alone is all you need, but it can also deliciously complete any cocktail. On May 5, the search for Iceland’s best Brennivín cocktail came to an end with it’s final competition, which was held in Tjarnarbíó, an old cinema-house in Reykjavík. It was a crowded, crazy night in which 10 competitors concocted the best Brennivín drink they could before a panel of judges.
And we have a winner!
Kári Sigurðsson, a mixologist from the restaurant Apótekið in Reykjavík, was crowned the winner of best Brennivín-cocktail of 2015, with a drink he named Vindás. Vindás is also the name of Sigurðsson’s grandfather’s stable, where apparently many Brennivín bottles have been emptied inside. His grandfather’s home grown carrots were also used in the cocktail!
The recipe for Vindás, Iceland’s best Brennivín-cocktail of 2015:
6 cl Brennivín
3 cl carrot syrup
3 cl lime juice
3 drops Yuzu
Pickled carrot on the side
Sigurðsson’s prize for winning the contest is a trip to “Tales of the Cocktail” in New Orleans, the biggest cocktail festival in the world! Sigurðsson was delighted to win, and says he has been a great fan of Brennivín for years.
Want to try the award-winning cocktail yourself? Check out this list of U.S. and Canadian locations where you can find Brennivín! For more cocktail recipes, click here!
The Story of Brennivin
Brennivin is uniquely Icelandic. The legal beginnings of this distinctive spirit were in 1935, when prohibition was partially lifted on the island. A black label was chosen to be unappealing and limit the demand. However, it had the opposite effect. Today the Brennivin label is a symbol for Iceland's signature drink – and of Iceland itself.
The Taste of Brennivin
Brennivin is made from pure, Icelandic spring water and spiced with caraway seeds. The old tradition is to serve it ice-cold as a shot but nowadays people are trying new things. Bartenders are experimenting with the spirit by making all sorts of delicious Brennivin-cocktails as well as serving it as an ice-cold sipper either with or without food.Brennivin-cocktails as well as serving it as an ice-cold sipper either with or without food.