Copenhagen 1939
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Copenhagen 1939
Cocktail recipe

Rating

3.97 / 5
Recipe by Axel Sørensen, bartender at Café da la Reine, Copenhagen, Denmark in the late 1930s. Interpreted by Moltkes Bar, Copenhagen 2012. Recipe by Axel Sørensen, bartender at Café da la Reine, Copenhagen, Denmark in the late 1930s. Interpreted by Moltkes Bar, Copenhagen 2012.
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Microbadges

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Gin
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Orange
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23.67% | 2.13 units *

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

Copenhagen 1939 offers a rich tapestry of flavors, balancing the herbaceous punch of gin with the sweetness of cherry liqueur and the complexity of vermouth. A dash of lemon juice and bitters elevates this historic blend, creating a well-rounded, sophisticated sip that's both vibrant and deep.

Method
How to make a Copenhagen 1939

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake well for 10 seconds
Strain into chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with an orange peel 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 you properly shake the ingredients for the Copenhagen 1939 cocktail?

To properly shake the Copenhagen 1939 cocktail, fill a shaker with ice cubes and add the prescribed amounts of lemon juice, gin, sugar syrup, Angostura bitters, red vermouth, and cherry liqueur. Shake the mixture vigorously for about 10 to 15 seconds to chill and combine the ingredients thoroughly. Strain the cocktail into a chilled cocktail glass.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve the Copenhagen 1939 to enhance its flavors?

The best way to serve the Copenhagen 1939 is in a chilled cocktail glass to maintain its cold temperature, emphasizing the crisp and complex flavors. Garnishing with a lemon twist or a cherry can add visual appeal and a slight aromatic enhancement to the drink.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of Copenhagen 1939 compare to a standard cocktail?

With an alcohol content of 23.67%, the Copenhagen 1939 falls within the average range for cocktails, which typically have an alcohol content between 20% to 30%. It is slightly stronger than a classic Martini but less potent than a Negroni.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute another liqueur for cherry liqueur in the Copenhagen 1939?

Yes, you can substitute another fruit-flavored liqueur for cherry liqueur in the Copenhagen 1939 if cherry is not to your liking or unavailable. Consider using raspberry or orange liqueur as an alternative. Keep in mind that the substitute will alter the flavor profile of the cocktail.

FOOD_PAIRINGS

What food pairs well with the Copenhagen 1939 cocktail?

The Copenhagen 1939, with its balance of sweetness and bitterness, pairs well with appetizers like cheese platters, especially those featuring aged cheeses, or savory canapés. For a main course, consider complementing it with grilled seafood or a rich, creamy pasta dish to balance its flavors.

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