How to Make a Scandinavian Beet Cocktail

Bold in flavor and color, this drink is perfect for a holiday brunch, cocktail party or other joyful gatherings. 

Ingredients

For two cocktails:

  • 2 medium to large beets (one raw for the cocktail, one cooked for garnish)
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 oz Aquavit (substitute vodka if you don’t like the caraway and anise flavors of Aquavit)
  • freshly ground pepper
  • ice

Aquavit is a Scandinavian drink that’s frequently served at gatherings such as Christmas and New Years. Organic beets, which are colorful and flavorful winter root vegetables, combine well with the caraway/anise/fennel flavors and all are enlivened by the lemon and fresh black pepper. 

Wash both beets well and peel if desired. Put one in a pot of water and cook until tender enough to pierce with a fork.

While one beet cooks, cut the raw beet into pieces and put in a glass jar or measuring cup. Fill with water to just barely cover and empty into a food processor. Blend until the beets are a pureed paste.

Empty the beet puree into a fine sieve and press the juice out with a spatula.

Remove cooked beet from pan and cut into slices about 1/4" thick. Use small cookie cutters to create festive shapes for garnishing the drinks.

Combine beet juice, lemon juice and Aquavit. Pour over ice and add freshly ground pepper to taste. Cut a small slit in the cooked beet slices and place them on the glasses before serving.

The Garden Lady believes that cocktails should be simple to make, avoid day-ahead preparations, and whenever possible use organic herbs and vegetables from the garden.  

Keep Reading

Next Up

How to Make a Kale-Tini Cocktail

Kale is one of the healthiest foods there is. Mix it with a little vodka, lime and agave for a tasty drink that is chock full of vitamins and minerals. 

How to Make a Rosemary Gin-Ginger Cocktail

On a winter evening you need flavors that are bold enough to match the crisp outdoor temperatures. Try this easy cocktail to warm you up. 

How to Make Ugly Sweater Wine Charms

Hosting an ugly sweater party this holiday season? Make these adorable mini-sweater charms so your guests can keep track of their cocktail or wine glass. 

How to Make a Herbin' Orange Cocktail

Looking for a winter cocktail that is high in vitamin C and garden goodness? This one has a complex and balanced range of flavors that give it a tasty kick. 

How to Make a Clementine Stocking Stuffer Cocktail

Clementines are plentiful during the holiday season. Give yourself a tropical delight with this cocktail made with clementines, rum and some zesty herbs. 

Beet Cocktail Recipe

Ever thought of combining beets, goat cheese and vodka? Try a unique flavor pairing with this cocktail recipe from Asheville restaurant Posana.

Make Beet Hot Sauce

Get to the root of this spicy seasoning with this recipe for a novel twist on hot sauce.

Best of the Beets: Four Great Beet Recipes

These tasty dishes aim to please whether you're wary of this root vegetable or a longtime beet-lover.

With Borscht the Beet Goes On

Celebrate Valentine's Day with this bright red bowl of delicious.

Garden to Table: Beets

With the right preparation, these are the jewels of your kitchen.
More from:

Holiday Countdown

On TV

Log Cabin Living

6:30am | 5:30c

Log Cabin Living

7:30am | 6:30c

Desert Flippers

12:30pm | 11:30c

Desert Flippers

1:30pm | 12:30c

Desert Flippers

2:30pm | 1:30c

Desert Flippers

3:30pm | 2:30c

Flip or Flop

4:30pm | 3:30c

Flip or Flop

5:30pm | 4:30c

Flip or Flop

6:30pm | 5:30c

Flip or Flop

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Flip or Flop

8pm | 7c

Flip or Flop

8:30pm | 7:30c

Flip or Flop Atlanta

9:30pm | 8:30c

House Hunters

10pm | 9c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

House Hunters

11:30pm | 10:30c

Flip or Flop Atlanta

12:30am | 11:30c

House Hunters

1am | 12c

House Hunters

2:30am | 1:30c

Flip or Flop

3:30am | 2:30c

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.