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Nordic Spritz for the aperitif

29 May 2020 by Alphée Gagnon, chief service at Strøm Nordic Spa Mont-Saint-Hilaire’s Nord restaurant

Welcome the arrival of the heat with these two refreshing Nordic Spritz, to be savoured as an aperitif!

Alphée Gagnon, chief service at Strøm Nordic Spa Mont-Saint-Hilaire’s Nord restaurant, revisits this sparkling Italian cocktail using our local products. Discover the Scandinavian-inspired Nordic Spritz and the Cranberry Nordic Spritz.

As they say in Italy, salute!

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Scandinavian-inspired Nordic Spritz

Preparation time: 5 minutes | Makes: 1 glass of wine (210 ml or 7 oz)

Ingredients

  • 30 ml (1 oz) elderflower liqueur from St-Germain
  • 30 ml (1 oz) elderflower syrup from Gourmet Sauvage
  • 120 ml (4 oz) sparkling wine from Domaine de Lavoie
  • 30 ml (1 oz) sparkling water
  • Elderflowers or elderberries, to taste (optional)
  • Ice cubes

Preparation

  1. Fill a glass of wine with ice.
  2. Add the elderflower liqueur, elderflower syrup, sparkling wine, then finish with the sparkling water.
  3. Garnish with elderflowers or elderberries, to taste.

Cranberry Nordic Spritz

Preparation time: 5 minutes | Makes: 1 glass of wine (210 ml or 7 oz)

Ingredients

Cranberry Nordic Spritz 

  • 30 ml (1 oz) cranberry syrup (see recipe below)
  • 15 ml (½ oz) Amermelade, a bitter Quebecois aperitif made with quinine and gentian or another aperitif or bitter liqueur of your choice
  • 15 ml (½ oz) Sainte-Marie spiced rum
  • 90 ml (3 oz) rosé sparkling wine from Domaine de Lavoie
  • 60 ml (2 oz) white cranberry juice
  • Fresh or frozen cranberries, to taste (optional)
  • Ice cubes

Cranberry syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries

Preparation

Cranberry Nordic Spritz

  1. Fill a glass of wine with ice.
  2. Add the cranberry syrup, the aperitif or bitter liqueur, the spiced rum, the rosé sparkling wine, then finish with the white cranberry juice.
  3. Garnish with few fresh or frozen cranberries, to taste (optional).

Cranberry syrup

  1. In a small saucepan, bring the water and the sugar to a simmer.
  2. Remove from heat, add the cranberries and let infuse for 1 hour.
  3. Remove the cranberries and strain the syrup through a sieve.
  4. Put the syrup in a container and allow to cool completely in the refrigerator. To use to syrup quickly, allow to cool on an ice-filled bowl and stir often until cool.

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