Inside Copenhagen #3: mixologist Gromit Eduardsen on drinking in the Danish capital

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

Bars in Copenhagen: 1105

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. Drinking in Copenhagen: Copenhagen Cocktail, 1105 barIf 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.

Copenhagen Cocktail recipe ingredients: Cherry HeeringThe Copenhagen Cocktail recipe

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:

Bars in Copenhagen: Culture Box1105 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)

Check out Heather’s interviews with hotel manager Mai Kappenberger of stylish Copenhagen bolthole Avenue Hotel, and high-impact silversmith Georg Jensen’s Anne Mette Müller-Krogstrup.

Still thirsty? Visit bar star Brenhan Magee’s guide to the best bars in London or learn how to mix the perfect martini.

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It was while sailing the Norwegian fjords on a Ukrainian cruise ship aged 11 that Rachel Juarez-Carr decided she loved travel. Once she completed her journalism degree at the University of Westminster, Rachel ran off to Los Angeles and crisscrossed the US for the next seven years, writing for travel magazines and photographing everyone and everything. She’s currently back home in London, thrilled to be back shooting under grey skies and serving as Mr & Mrs Smith's senior editor.

There are 3 comments for this article
  1. John at 1:35 am

    Definitely a cool post. I can’t wait to venture out into Europe and see what kind of drinks are really the go-to guy for a night out in town.

  2. Alison at 8:31 pm

    LOL – when I passed the Copenhagen cocktail recipe on I actually included:

    20ml Cherry Herring Liqueur

    Imagine the confused comments I began to recieve!

    Cheers!

  3. Arnie at 11:44 pm

    My wife and I were in Copenhagen in 2006. I wish we would have had this guide then. We didn’t come across any of these places that I’m aware of.

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