The Midnight Sun
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The Midnight Sun
Cocktail recipe

Rating

3.52 / 5
From the late 1800s, though rarely known. A deliciously different cocktail. From the late 1800s, though rarely known. A deliciously different cocktail.
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Base ingredient
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Akvavit
Garnish
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Orange
Alcohol content
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19.78% | 1.8 units *

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Ingredients

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Method
How to make a The Midnight Sun

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker over ice and shake well
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with an orange slice and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

How do I properly shake The Midnight Sun cocktail to ensure the best texture and temperature?

To properly shake The Midnight Sun cocktail, start by adding all the ingredients - lemon juice, grenadine, sugar syrup, grapefruit juice, and Akvavit - into a shaker with ice. Secure the lid and shake vigorously for about 10 to 15 seconds. This ensures that the cocktail is well-chilled, the flavors are thoroughly mixed, and it achieves a slightly aerated, smooth texture. Then, strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass to serve.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute Akvavit with another spirit in The Midnight Sun cocktail if I can't find it?

Yes, if Akvavit is unavailable, you can substitute it with another caraway or dill-flavored spirit as these will mimic the flavor profile most closely. Alternatively, for a different twist, you could use gin or vodka, but keep in mind that this will significantly alter the flavor of the cocktail, making it less authentic to The Midnight Sun's intended taste but still enjoyable.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve The Midnight Sun cocktail for a dinner party?

The Midnight Sun cocktail is best served in a chilled cocktail glass to keep it cool and enhance its flavors. For a dinner party, consider pre-chilling the glasses in the freezer for about an hour before serving. Additionally, serving this cocktail as an aperitif before dinner can stimulate guests' appetites, or presenting it as a sophisticated after-dinner drink could offer a refreshing and memorable end to the meal.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does The Midnight Sun's alcohol content compare to other classic cocktails?

The Midnight Sun has an alcohol content of 19.78%, placing it in the moderate range compared to other classic cocktails. For instance, a Margarita typically has an alcohol content around 26%, making The Midnight Sun less potent. On the other hand, it's stronger than a standard Aperol Spritz, which usually sits around 11%. It offers a balanced option for those seeking a cocktail that's neither too strong nor too light.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Is there a non-alcoholic version of The Midnight Sun cocktail, and how do I make it?

Yes, you can create a non-alcoholic version of The Midnight Sun by substituting Akvavit with a non-alcoholic spirit that has botanical flavors, or simply omitting the spirit altogether. Replace Akvavit with an equal volume of non-alcoholic spirit or additional grapefruit and lemon juices. Adjust the sweetness with grenadine and sugar syrup to taste. This version maintains the refreshing and tangy profile of the original cocktail, making it enjoyable for everyone.

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