Celebrate the First Day of Icelandic Summer, Sumardagurinn Fyrsti, on April 21st, 2016 right here in the U.S. with a cocktail using Iceland’s Reyka Vodka.

In former times, Icelanders used the Old Norse Calendar which divided the year into two seasons; winter and summer. Today, regardless of temperature, many Icelanders welcome the first day of Icelandic summer by wearing shorts and short sleeve shirts while attending their annual parade and watching scout troupes and brass bands stroll by. Straight from Iceland, Reyka Vodka utilizes Arctic spring water, geothermal energy, and lava rock filtration to create the smooth-taste, silky finish and the distinctive flavor of Reyka.

Reyka Pink Grapefruit, cocktail recipes

Reyka Pink Grapefruit

Photo Courtesy of Reyka Vodka

Reyka Pink Grapefruit

  • 1 1/2 parts Reyka Vodka
  • 1/2 part Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 part Ginger Syrup*
  • 3 parts Grapefruit Juice

Glass: Collins

Garnish: Sprig Mint

Preparation: Combine all ingredients into shaker and shake. Garnish and serve.

*Ginger Syrup

Combine equal parts fresh ginger juice and sugar. Add heat to devolve the sugar. (1:1) – 32 oz. Ginger juice to 32 oz. Sugar. Yields: 50 oz.