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A Lesson in Garnishing Your Drinks with Candy

Friday Happy Hour: A Very Swedish Cocktail, Right Down to the Fish

By Hadley Tomicki ·
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Reputation is everything.

And in the end, being that person who put Swedish Fish on your guests’ drinks at that one party is a hell of a way to be remembered.

But to do that, you’ll first need to learn what’s behind the Swedish Fish-ish. It’s a cocktail from Melrose’s celebrated new restaurant Kali that combines vodka made in Downtown LA with aquavit, soda, simple syrup and a shrub that only needs a night of rest before being deployed.

And then there’s the matter of the garnish. That would be a Swedish Fish. The bright-red gummy candy that you just don’t find on enough drinks these days.

Or any drinks, really.

Swedish Fish-ish

1 1/2 oz Loft & Bear Vodka
1 1/2 oz aquavit
1 oz strawberry shrub*
1 oz simple syrup

Combine vodka, aquavit, strawberry shrub and simple syrup in a collins glass over ice. Stir, and then top with soda water. Garnish with a single Swedish Fish.

*Strawberry Shrub

1 part sliced strawberries
1 part sugar
1 part red wine vinegar

Combine all ingredients and mash fruit with a wooden spoon or fork so berries release their juices. Stir until sugar begins to dissolve into liquid. Refrigerate overnight. The following day, heat ingredients in a saucepan at a low simmer until sugar fully dissolves. Strain out fruit. Shrub is ready to use once cooled. Remaining shrub liquid can be stored in the fridge (and actually improves with age).

Hadley Tomicki lives in Los Angeles. He is probably going nowhere on the 10 Freeway this very second.

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