No, that's not a spelling error, it's Midsommar, one of Sweden's most revered holidays. Held every June, this nationwide party celebrates the longest day of the year with picnics, games, BBQs, singing, dancing, and plenty of drinking. To capture the jovial spirit and fresh flavors of the season I mixed the Scandinavian standby, aquavit, with notes of celery, elderflower, rhubarb, and artichoke, yielding a refreshing cooler for a sunny afternoon. Mix a couple up, grab some gravlax and go celebrate in a sunny field. --Brown
Midsommar Night's Dream
Makes 1 drink
1 1/2 ounces aquavit 1/2 ounce Cynar 1/2 ounce St. Germain 8 dashes rhubarb bitters 4 ounces Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray Soda 1 cucumber disk 1 sprig thyme
In a highball glass, pour in all of the ingredients except the bitters and soda. Give them a good stir, add some ice and top with Cel-Ray soda. Add in the bitters.
Before garnishing, slap the thyme sprig in between your palms to help release some of the herb's oils. Add it to the glass with a fresh cucumber disc and get to dancing. Skål!