Stylish bar 1105 mixologist Gromit Eduardsen – inventor of the delicious Copenhagen Cocktail – knows a thing or two about where to go for a good time. He shares his recipe for a top night out with Smith reviewer and travel blogger Heather Cowper…
If you were taking friends out dinner in Copenhagen, where would you go?
If I were entertaining other bartenders, I might take them to Mash, where they serve delicious Danish aged meats, or one of the Madklubben steak restaurants (there are branches across Copenhagen). My wife and I love Umami for the Asian-fusion cuisine, and Salon 39, a French restaurant with great cocktails.
And, where to for late-night drinks?
First we’d go to my own bar, 1105 (below): try the No 4, a classic Gin Rickey with an interesting twist of honey, black pepper and cardamom). Then, we might join the fashion crowd and drink fancy vodka at Simons — wear the latest Nordic designer labels if you want to fit in. If I had my young cousins visiting, we’d head to Karel to dance to chart hits. If electronic music’s your taste, go to Culture Box (right): they get the top DJs in from Berlin.
Tell us about your invention, the Copenhagen Cocktail.
I wanted to make a modern cocktail with interesting twists that everyone could enjoy. And, I wanted to challenge people’s preconceptions about Cherry Heering liqueur – a drink Queen Victoria enjoyed as an after-dinner tipple. I decided to mix it with Bols Genever, the original form of gin used in cocktails in the 1800s; it’s a little off the radar these days. It’s been served at 1105 since we won; friends in New York, Sydney, London, Tokyo – and, or course, at bars in Copenhagen – serve it, too.
50ml Bols Genever
20ml Cherry Heering Liqueur
20ml fresh pressed lime juice
20ml sugar syrup (Monin)
1 dash Angostura bitters
Shake with ice, then strain into a martini glass. Carefully add a slice of organic orange peel so that it floats on top of the your cocktail.
GROMIT’S COPENHAGEN COCKTAIL BAR ADDRESS BOOK:
1105 4 Kristen Bernikows Gade (+45 3393 1105)
Mash 20 Bredgade (+45 3313 9300)
Madklubben 66 Store Kongensgarde (+45 3332 3234)
Umami 59 Store Kongensgade (+45 3338 7500)
Salon 39 39 Vodroffsvej (+45 3920 8039)
Simons 14 Store Strandstraede (+45 5338 9003)
Karel 16 Lille Kongensgade (+45 3311 2020)
Culture Box 54 Kronprinsessegade (+45 3332 5050)