Icelandic Birch Cocktail

03/26/2015 01:32 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Birkir and Bjᅢᄊrk from Foss Distillery are two Delicious Icelandic Liquors made with Pure Birch Sap (juice) and make excellent ingredients for cocktails.

If you are in the mood for a little taste of the woods, earthy tones with a hint of citrus, this Icelandic Birch Cocktail with Blood Orange is definitely something for you!


Birkir is a snaps (36%) and Bjᅢᄊrk is a liqueur (27,5%) - both super smooth with earthy tones and hint of honey.

You can get Bjᅢᄊrk and Birkir in Iceland (obviously), Denmark and the USA. Check out the list of retailers.
If you are in New York you will find Bjᅢᄊrk and Birkir at Estela, Luksus, Skᅢᄀl, Acme, The Copenhagen and Box Kite.


The first time I ever tasted Birkir/Bjᅢᄊrk it was very simple and straight up with Tonic Water and a slice of lime. After my first sip I said loudly "Mmmmmm Delicious! It's like licking wood!" I might be a good cook but spoken words are not always my forte.

Looking for more inspiration for your Cocktail Party? Check out my classic drinks with a modern twist: Blackberry G&T, Flirtini, Rhubarb Collins and Bacon Infused Bourbon.


makes one

1 part Birkir Snaps
1 part Blood Orange Juice
1/2 part Dark Simple Syrup*
Few Drops Angostura Bitter
A Dash of Sparkling Water

Fill a Cocktail Shaker with Ice Cubes. Add Birkir, blood orange juice and syrup. Shake well and then strain into a glass, fill up with sparkling water and add few drops of Angostura Bitter.

1 dl Brown Sugar
1.5 dl Water

Place sugar and water into a saucepan and let sugar dissolve over low heat. Pour into a jar and store in the fridge for up to 1 week

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