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February Cocktail Recipe: Strawberry Gin


Ah, it was Valentine’s Day! To celebrate, here’s the recipe for Strawberry Gin from our new cocktail booklet. This one is named after one of our songs, which came about as we were modelling for a portrait painting course last Winter. We were sitting motionless for over a week, Jere posing with his guitar, so we had plenty of practice and time on our hands – and no cocktail in sight!

The resulting lamentation can be heard here:

Since the cocktail plays such a prominent part in the song, it simply had to become reality. I think Strawberry Gin was the reason we thought of making a cocktail booklet in the first place: The word combination was simply too scrumptuous to let pass. So here’s what our heartbroken heroine is ordering:

Strawberry Gin

3 parts Gin
1 part Cointreau
1 part Fresh lemon juice
1 part Strawberry juice or purée

Shake the ingredients and strain into a cocktail glass. If you wish to make an impresion on a certain someone, dry marascino cherries in the oven on a low temperature, crush them into powder and decorate the rim with it.
Sip for Byronesque heartache.

Strawberry and gin is a suprisingly smooth combination, and this is a potentially perilous drink. The savviest cocktail concocters will notice that it is a variation of the classic White Lady, which in turn is a Sidecar made with gin instead of brandy. You may have to adjust the recipe slightly depending on your strawberry ingredient: We’ve been using slightly sweetened juice, but Bar Suola’s version with strawberry purée was equally delicious.

Strawberry Gin has a solid fan base after it was served in our album release party. Drink a solitary glass for Valentine’s blues or order a couple to share with your sweetheart!

Strawberry Gin at our album release party.

Two Strawberry Gins at our album release party.


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Mascot Moth album release party!


Last Tuesday we were celebrating the release of Mascot Moth in 1920’s speakeasy style in Ravintola Suola, Helsinki. What a wonderful evening filled with cocktails, charleston and chanson! The bartenders were mixing three of our custom cocktails for our speakeasy guests: Café de Abejas, Strawberry Gin and Stepping on Roses.

After our set the lovely ladies from Helsinki Traditional Jazz Dance Company showed us how to do the Charleston in style. Needless to say, we partied like we were in the silent movies! This was the first time we played live together with both Ilari and Saara, and it felt just wonderful – we’ll be posting some ex tempore live material soon. Here are a few pictures by the wonderful Saara Olkkonen. You can see more photos from the party here.

– Laura & Jere

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January Cocktail Recipe: Café de Abejas

Our very own namesake cocktail, Café de Abejas.

Our very own namesake cocktail. Isn’t it gorgeous?

Our cocktail booklet is only missing a couple of recipes, and it is time for us to share the first one with you! As you can see, Café de Abejas has just what the name promises, coffee and honey. But wait, there is more: Strong, apple-scented Calvados, supple chocolate liqueur and a dash of spicy bitters. This is a tasty, decadent Fashion Martini with some of our favorite ingredients. Ask your bartender to make it for you if you don’t have the equipment at home.

Café de Abejas ♦

2 parts Calvados
2 parts dark Crème de Cacao
2 parts strong coffee sweetened with honey
1 dash Angostura bitters

Shake all ingredients like your life depends on it and strain in to a cocktail glass. Decorate with a few roasted coffee beans. Sip while listening to Mascot Moth and trying to decide whether to be a hopeless romantic or a hardened cynic today.

While Laura claims she prefers her “calva” young and cheap, you should take into account that she is writing lyrics about French sailors. Generally, the more mature the Calvados, the better the taste. It takes a vigorous shake to dissolve the honey into the drink, and while Jere managed to do it with a piece of honeycomb, it is much easier to stir the honey into the coffee while it is hot. We use quite a lot of honey, but we are the Abejas.

Preparing the set.

Preparing the set.

The best part – enjoying the drinks after the shoot!

The best part – enjoying the drinks after the shoot!

More cocktail recipes and musings to come in the following months! We are also thinking of keeping track of our literary influences here, and due to the album release we’ll be busy as bees all Spring. Enjoy the cocktail, tell us what you think and come to see us next Wednesday in Helmi if you’re in Helsinki!

– Laura & Jere

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