O Canada Cocktails

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Despite being a regular Monday here in Copenhagen, Nicola and I couldn't let Canada Day pass without some kind of festivities. We were lacking the flag capes and fireworks, but we decided that a nice little dinner party with Canadian themed drinks and simple decorations would still be fitting. The cocktail we made up turned out surprisingly well, so I thought I would share the recipe here. It's well past all the national celebrations, but it's still a great drink for summer evenings.

O Canada Cocktail

Mix 2 oz ginger syrup with 2 oz whiskey (preferably Canadian, but we just used what we had on hand). Serve over ice drizzled with maple syrup, top with seltzer with a squeeze of lime and some mint leaves. Just mixing the ginger syrup with seltzer makes a really yummy ginger ale too, if you have some leftover.

For the decorations, I found some white and red striped paper straws and wrote some lyrics from our national anthem on cork coasters for the drinks. We also made a washi tape flag, which went well with the Canadiana pillows Nicola made. Reason #4697 why I am happy to have a CanaDane buddy here.

Happy drinking!

Helsinki pt. IV

Monday, July 1, 2013

Our last day in Helsinki, we vowed to actually see some of the city instead of huddling inside drinking/sauna-ing. We wandered around the 'Design District' which was really just the whole city, with some nice shops being singled out on a map. Some favourites were: Kauniste, Marimekko (duh), common and Design Forum Finland, which had an amazing selection and a nice cafe. We also stopped at a food market to pick up some smoked salmon for Mark and some gluten free cinnamon buns for me. There was so much gluten and lactose free food in Helsinki! I was so happy. We also wanted to see some Finnish architecture - Finlandia Hall and Temppeliaukio Church, literally a church built into a rock, were our favourites. (Ignore my crazy sauna hair, please). But really, good design, architecture and friendly food? What more could you want from a city?

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