Cocktails in Reykjavik

Naturally you can’t have a cocktail and travel blog without talking about both in the same series of entries. ūüôā

Day 2 for us was a bit of venturing around Reykjavik to check out the local happy hour scene. ¬†We hit up 2 of the well-known cocktail bars¬†for happy hour.. because in Iceland, liquor is expensive and happy hour is the only time you’ll find reasonable drink prices that are like non-happy hour prices in the US.

The first stop was Slippbarinn, which had an interesting array of cocktails and liquors I never expected to see in Iceland.¬† They had multiple tequilas and Mezcals, which for 1, are not anywhere in close proximity and are a niche market to begin with. ¬†You can see the Del Maguay Vida bottles hiding behind the Don Julio’s on the top shelf. ¬†Additionally, there were many cocktail ingredients that were foreign to me, but with which I plan to familiarize myself with upon returning to the US.

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They had a set happy hour menu but with some interesting choices. ¬†I got the Harry’s Sour (bottom): Bourbon, Orchard Syrup (Apple & Anise), and Lemon. ¬†This made for a good blend of slightly sweet, refreshing and slightly herbal finish. Kyle got the Whiskey Sour (top):¬†Bourbon, lemon, Maraschino, Angostura bitters, and egg white. ¬†Pretty standard sour, but delicious.

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Round 2 consisted of a Black Out Russian (bottom): ¬†Tequila, honey, stout liquor (yea, I’ve never heard of it either)¬†lemon and topped with Curiosity Cola¬†(Coca-Cola?). ¬†I’m actually quite a fan of this.. it’s stout-like but a little sweet but not very heavy. ¬†It’s everything I love about Mexican Cola, but with a dash of creamy stout to it.
Additionally Kyle tried the house-made aged Negroni and tonic, which disappointingly tasted more like tonic than Negroni..

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The next stop was Apotek Hotel, which was highly rated for both their food and their cocktails, but again.. it was happy hour so it was just cocktails for us. ¬†Disappointed after a lack of Negroni in the last cocktail, Kyle decided on the Apotek Negroni, which had a slight twist.. a dash of crowberry liquor. ¬†Crowberries are kind of like blackberries, and they look like blueberries, but they’re a bit more acidic … so it provided a good addition to a very orange bitter cocktail like the Negroni.

My cocktail of choice was a Dill infused Gin drink called a Dillagin (pronouced like Gilligan, but with a ‘D’). ¬†I forgot how much I liked Dill up until this point, and realized how versatile it can be. ¬†While it’s great in tzatziki sauce, it has many other great applications. ¬†In this case, it was infused in Gin, which actually didn’t yield as strong of a flavor as I would have expected for how GREEN this cocktail turned out. ¬†It was paired with a mango liquor, lime, sugar and an undisclosed bitter, which made for a nice refreshing, mojito-esque sipper.

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All in all, Reykjavik had so many unexpected¬†flavor combinations, that all I want to do is go back and try more ūüôā

Thoughts?