Arctic Summer Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Arctic Summer cocktail is inspired by the refreshing and crisp flavors of the Arctic region. It was created by a renowned mixologist who wanted to capture the essence of the Arctic's natural beauty and pristine environment. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a refreshing and invigorating drink with a hint of sweetness.

  • The Arctic Summer was first introduced at a high-end bar in Norway
  • It quickly gained popularity among locals and tourists alike
  • The cocktail is now enjoyed by people all around the world, especially during the summer months

How Arctic Summer Tastes?

The Arctic Summer cocktail is a harmonious blend of sweet, sour, and slightly bitter flavors. It is a light and refreshing drink with a crisp and invigorating taste, perfect for a hot summer day.

Interesting facts about Arctic Summer

  • The Arctic Summer cocktail is often served at outdoor events and parties during the summer months
  • The drink's vibrant blue color is reminiscent of the Arctic's clear skies and icy waters
  • The cocktail's name is a nod to the Arctic's brief but beautiful summer season, when the sun shines for 24 hours a day


A few good options for Arctic Summer are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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The core spirit of our frosty delight—clear, smooth, and a silent hero. Vodka is the canvas of our Arctic masterpiece, patiently allowing other flavors to paint their magic. Without it, the cocktail loses its boozy backbone. Too little, it whispers; too much, it hollers.

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Blue Curaçao

A splash of Blue Curaçao for that mesmerizing ocean hue, not to mention a subtle, bitter orange undercurrent. Skimp on it, and the Arctic feels less oceanic; overdo it, and your taste buds may embark on an unexpected citrus voyage.

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Lemon Juice

Freshly squeezed Lemon Juice adds that zesty spark—like a squeegee for the palate, it cleanses and prepares for the next sip. Missing lemon juice is like a winter without snowflakes: oddly incomplete.

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Simple Syrup

Our sweet symphony's maestro, Simple Syrup, balances the tartness with its sugary embrace. Too little, the tartness dominates; too much, and it's like a polar bear in a candy store: overly sweet and somewhat confusing.

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Club Soda

Effervescent Club Soda brings the bubbly cheer, lifting the spirits with its sparkling personality. Without it, the party’s a bit flat—literally. The right amount adds finesse, too much and you might mistake your cocktail for a fizzy blue lagoon.

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Crystalline Ice keeps our drink as cool as the Arctic itself. It chills the soul and melds the flavors. Melted ice can water down the dialogue, while too little makes our frosty tale less convincing.

Mary Mitkina

Lemon Wheel

A garnish, sure, but our Lemon Wheel is also an aromatic invite to the senses, hinting at the citrus tales waiting within each sip. Without it, our cocktail might feel undressed.

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Mint Sprig

The Mint Sprig is our cool breeze in a glass, a fragrant whisper of freshness with every tilt. It's the difference between a snowman with and without a scarf. Not essential, but definitely more charming with it.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Arctic Summer Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add vodka, blue curaçao, lemon juice, and simple syrup to the shaker
  3. Shake well until chilled
  4. Strain the mixture into a highball glass filled with ice
  5. Top with club soda
  6. Gently stir to combine
  7. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a mint sprig

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to ensure all ingredients are well mixed
  • Use fresh lemon juice for a more vibrant flavor
  • Chill the glass before serving for a refreshing drink

Perfect Pairings


  • Shrimp cocktail: The lemony notes of the Arctic Summer will complement the seafood flavors.
  • Grilled white fish: A light fish like cod or halibut would pair nicely, with the drinks acidity cutting through the fattiness.


  • Salted nuts: The saltiness will contrast with the sweetness of the cocktail.
  • Chips and dip: Opt for a cool, creamy dip to balance the cocktail's tang.


  • Goat cheese: Its tangy flavor pairs well with the cocktail's citrus notes.
  • Blue cheese: The strong flavor of blue cheese will hold up against the sweetness and citrus of the Arctic Summer.

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What you could change in Arctic Summer

  • Blue Curaçao: Can be replaced with any other blue liqueur or blue food coloring mixed with a neutral spirit
  • Vodka: Can be replaced with gin for a more botanical flavor
  • Club Soda: Can be replaced with tonic water or sparkling water

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And of course - twists🍹

Berry Blast Arctic Summer

  • Add 0.5 oz of raspberry liqueur
  • Muddle a handful of fresh berries before shaking
  • The taste will have a tangy berry twist, offering a fruity escape from the traditional citrus dominance.

Spicy Polar Vortex

  • Infuse the vodka with chili peppers beforehand
  • Use ginger beer in place of club soda
  • This twist will give a warming kick to contrast the cool, making you feel like you're simultaneously at the equator and the North Pole.

Arctic Garden

  • Add 0.5 oz of elderflower liqueur
  • Include a few slices of cucumber in the shaker
  • This variation adds a floral and vegetal note, turning the Arctic Summer into a more fragrant, garden-party worthy sip.

In case you forgot basics how to make Arctic Summer

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Arctic Summer

What type of vodka is best used for an Arctic Summer?

The Arctic Summer cocktail is versatile and any type of vodka can be used. However, a premium or top-shelf vodka is recommended for the best results.

Can I make the Arctic Summer non-alcoholic?

Yes, you can substitute the vodka and blue curaçao with blue fruit juice or a non-alcoholic blue curaçao available in the market. The club soda can remain the same.

Is there any specific type of glass in which this cocktail should be served?

Yes, the Arctic Summer is served in a highball glass. This helps to properly display the beautiful blue color and layers of the cocktail.

Can I make the Arctic Summer in advance for a party?

Yes, you can make the vodka, blue curaçao, lemon juice, and syrup mixture in advance. However, it's recommended to add the club soda and ice just before serving to maintain freshness and fizz.

Why does the Arctic Summer use blue curaçao?

Blue curaçao is used in the Arctic Summer to give the cocktail a vibrant blue color, which is representative of the clear skies and waters of the Arctic region.

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