Four Summer Cocktails To Toast the Longest Days of the Year

two glowing orange cocktails
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Take solace in the solstice, and reimagine summer as people in Nordic countries do: as a long afternoon that unfurls into the midnight sun. Celebrate with close friends around a bonfire on the beach, and pick wildflowers to garnish drinks. 

The following cocktails draw inspiration from traditions that mark the longest, most delicious days of the year in Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland.



Old Fashioned cocktail
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The Bonfire Old-Fashioned

Using a Swedish single malt whiskey, this spirit provides an interesting, dimensional take on the Old Fashioned cocktail.

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cocktail with strawberry and orange garnish
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The Midnight Sun Dance

The never-ending sunlight during the long summer days near the Arctic Circle was the inspiration behind this glowing, sweet cocktail.

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vodka cocktail in Collins glass
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The Vodka Maypole

As an homage to midsummer maypole events that happen in Europe, this cocktail, with its myriad colors, is like a maypole in a glass.

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negroni cocktail with flowers in background
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The Wildflower Negroni

This "healing" take on a Negroni puts some of those famous medicinal herbs to use as flavor layers in this cocktail.

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Published on June 18, 2021