June 04 2015
Welcome the Summer Solstice the Icelandic Way
Dill restaurant’s Chef Gunnar Gislason shares solstice-themed Icelandic recipes.
On June 21, Iceland’s midnight sun returns once again with the summer solstice, and Icelanders celebrate with traditional gatherings, bonfires and music, and an array of Icelandic food and drinks. No matter where you are in the world, everyone can experience a taste of Icelandic tradition to kick of summer a little differently! Since the solstice is on a Sunday this year, chef Dill restaurant in Reykjavik created these solstice-inspired brunch dishes and cocktail recipes to help you prepare for the day of celebration ahead.
The Clear Bloody Mary
6 parts clear tomato juice
2 parts Reyka Vodka
2 bar spoons sriracha
2 bar spoons lemon juice
2 bar spoons soy sauce
1 bar spoon apple vinegar
40 parts celery juice
6 parts sugar syrup
Combine ingredients, then freeze.
Mix all bloody mary ingredients in a shaker with ice, then strain over celery granite.
Summery Reyka Beer Float
Reyka Vodka, lime, ginger, syrup, white ale
1 part ginger syrup
1 part lime juice
1 ½ parts Reyka vodka
Shake and put into a long drink glass over ice. Garnish with a lime zest and top with white ale.
Smokey Reyka Bay
Smoked Reyka, Birkir, bitters, lemon, egg white and sea weed dust
1 part smoked Reyka vodka
1 part Birkir
1 part fresh lemon juice
1 part sugar syrup
3 dashes h12 bitter
½ egg white
Shake ingredients only, then add ice and shake again. Strain over a big block of ice and top with dried and powdered seaweed.
Reyka Vodka, elderflower syrup, lemon, cherries, nectarines, elderflower cordial
1 ½ parts Reyka Vodka
2 black cherries, each cut in half
½ nectarine in slices
½ parts lemon
½ parts elderflower essence
Blend Reyka Vodka, berries, fruit and lemon juice. Let stand for 2 hours.
Strain and shake with elderflower essence. Fill a tall glass with berries and fruits and pour in the drink. Top with elderflower cordial.