Looking for a refreshing cocktail to enjoy on a warm summer day? Look no further than the Ampiainen. This Finnish-inspired cocktail is a perfect blend of sweet and tart flavors that will have you feeling like you're sipping on a drink in the beautiful countryside of Finland.
The Ampiainen cocktail gets its name from the Finnish word for "wasp," which is a nod to the zesty kick it carries. This cocktail is a delightful mix of vodka, elderflower liqueur, lime juice, and soda water, creating a vibrant and invigorating drink that is perfect for any occasion.
To make an Ampiainen cocktail, start by adding 2 ounces of vodka, 1 ounce of elderflower liqueur, and the juice of one lime into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well to combine all the ingredients and chill the drink. Once chilled, strain the mixture into a tall glass filled with ice cubes.
Next, top off the glass with soda water to add a refreshing fizz to the drink. Give it a quick stir to blend all the flavors together. Finally, garnish your Ampiainen cocktail with a lime wheel or a sprig of fresh mint to add a touch of color and extra aroma.
The Ampiainen cocktail is a crowd-pleaser that can be enjoyed by both vodka and non-vodka drinkers alike. Its delightful balance of flavors makes it a versatile drink that complements a wide range of dishes, from light salads to grilled meats. So, whether you're planning a BBQ party or simply want to unwind with a delicious drink, give the Ampiainen cocktail a try!
Best served in a Highball Glass.
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