Lingonberry concentrate is one of those things you pick up while furniture shopping you-know-where and don't know what to do with. We're balancing its sweetness with tart citrus juices, and amping up the flavor with a little vanilla vodka. If you don't have vanilla vodka, a splash of extract added to regular vodka would work as well.
- 1 1/2 ounces vanilla-flavored vodka
- 1 ounce lingonberry concentrate (recommended: Hafi) see Cook's note,
- 1 to 2 dashes bitters
- Juice of 1/2 orange
- Juice of 1/2 grapefruit
- 1/4 wheel fresh grapefruit or orange, or a twist of each
- Serving suggestion: Chilled cocktail glass
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vodka, lingonberry concentrate, and bitters. Cover and shake vigorously until thoroughly mixed and chilled, about 30 seconds. In general, the drink is ready by the time the shaker mists up. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with the orange and grapefruit juices. Top the cocktail with 1/4 wheel citrus. Drink.
Cook's Note: Look for lingonberry concentrate at specialty stores, or stores that feature Scandinavian products. If unavailable, a good substitute is 1 ounce cranberry concentrate plus 1 teaspoon sugar.