Lingonberry drink

This is a tasty autumnal lingonberry drink which can be made with alcohol or without. Both variants taste great. Unfortunately I didn’t have enough fresh lingonberries in the garden (I have a couple of wild plants), so I used frozen half thawed ones. The colour of the drink is gorgeous and makes you forget all about rainy and cold evenings, especially if you add rum :-)

    One glass of lingonberry drink

    1/3 cup (around 80 ml) lingonberries
    2 tsp demerara sugar
    1 tbsp black currant syrup
    ice cubes
    sparkling water
    fresh mint leaves
    optional: a splash or two of rum

    Muddle lingonberries, sugar and black currant cordial directly in a glass. Add rum to taste if wanted :-) Stir well. Fill the glass with ice cubes and sparkling water. Add a couple of mint leaves and serve immediately.

Some of the lingonberries in my garden.

5 Responses to “Lingonberry drink”

  1. Angelica
    October 6th, 2008 00:34

    Although I’d probably use gin instead of rhum, your drink sounds really delicious! I love the idea of black currant syrup.

  2. Pille
    October 6th, 2008 08:29

    I can see the nice colour you’ve got by adding black currants! And although I know lots of wonderful lingonberry fields, then none of them are in my back garden :) Lucky you!!

  3. aforkfulofspaghetti
    October 6th, 2008 16:39

    Mmmm… reminds me of the lingon berries I ate in Sweden many years ago. Nothing else is quite the same!

  4. wheatlessbay
    October 12th, 2008 22:59

    In Newfoundland we call them partridgeberries, and my mother picks them for jams and quickbreads. We’re great rum-drinkers in Newfoundland, through, on account of being on the trade routes between the West Indies and Northern Europe in centuries past. I will try this for Christmas in the UK, if my Ikea carries the berries.

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