Parfait Amour

One of Anniken’s friends is getting married in a month and for her bachelorette party Anniken promised that I’d make them a special drink. Not a terribly bad idea – if I actually knew anything at all about mixing a drink. Summer Surprise is a tasty and refreshing drink, but it was a lucky fluke and at least half the credit has to go to Hans Olav. My second drink, Awesome Autumn was a half-assed attempt by the pool in Spain and it’s basically a Screwdriver with a bit of lime.

But any challenge is a good challenge and for this one I decided to go all in. Any true artist has a vision and my vision was a purple cocktail in a sugar rimmed glass, garnished with a couple of maraschino cherries. So I set off searching the interwebs for stuff that could make a drink purple. BOLS Parfait Amour, with a soft and gentle taste of rose petals and orange with a subtle hint of vanilla, looked like it could do the job. I wasn’t too sure about the rose petals – I can’t really imagine that they taste very well – but I like both orange and vanilla. So I ordered a bottle. Licorice is also a nice flavor and I ordered a bottle of white Sambuca as well. It helped, of course, that my sources told me the happy couple enjoyed both purple and licorice, too.

When all the ingredients arrived, I sat down with Anniken and tried to put together a drink worthy a bachelorette party. It got interesting – I don’t think I’ve ever been drunk while there are still kids playing outside.

Awesome Autumn

I managed a little drink mixing this week, and it resulted in an orange autumn drink. You’d probably agree that it’s quite similar to a Screwball with Vodka, but that was just how things turned out. Here’s what you need to try it yourself:

  • 6 cl (2 oz) Vodka
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Ice
  • Schweppes Orange

And here’s how you go about to mix an Awesome Autumn:

  1. Fill a long drink glass half way to the top with ice, preferably crushed, but cubes will do.
  2. Add the juice of 1/4 lemon
  3. Add the juice of 1/4 lime
  4. Add the vodka
  5. Top with Schweppes Orange
  6. Mix everything together, garnish with a slice of lemon and a slice of lime

I know the picture and the recipe doesn’t quite match, both the garnishing and most of the ice is missing, but it was so hot the ice melted almost immediately. Good times.

Summer Surprise

Me and Hans Olav envisioned and put together this drink earlier this year. It might look a bit like a Mojito, but it’s not and the taste is also a bit different. While a Mojito is a rather sweet drink, the Summer Surprise is fresher, maybe even a tad bitter because of the Gin. Here’s what you need to try it yourself:

  • 4 cl White Rum
  • 2 cl Gin
  • Lime
  • Ice
  • Schweppes Lemon


  1. Fill half the glass with ice, either cubes or crushed ice. Personally, I think ice cubes work better, but it might be because I’ve never tried with proper crushed ice, just slush ice.
  2. Cut the lime in four and squeeze the juice from all four pieces. Put two of the pieces in the glass.
  3. Mix the Gin and the White Rum in the with the rest.
  4. Top with Schweppes Lemon.
  5. Add a straw.
  6. Profit.