Get in the Spirit With Celebrity Cruises’ Norway-Themed Cocktail

Cruisers sail for a number of different reasons. Some want to get away from the stresses of daily life during what little vacation they get every year. Others, however, are on a journey to visit new places and experience new things they can’t anywhere else. Celebrity Cruises has a new cocktail aboard their cruises to Norway which bring together unique flavors for a truly Scandinavian taste experience. It’s bringing guests closer the understanding a land most have not explored before. 

For Celebrity Cruises, bringing guests an authentic experience on their cruises to Norway was a main point of emphasis for the cruise line, thus the Smoked Ruby Summer Solstice Sour came to be.

Smoked Ruby Summer Solstice Sour

Smoked Ruby Summer Solstice Sour

Norwegian summers are extraordinary as the flora and fauna have such a short window to grow to their full potential before winter starts again. The cocktail begins with a classic Scandinavian liquor, Aquavit, which has been part of the culture of the region for hundreds of years. Add to the shaker a mix of juice from fresh pressed berries and ginger syrup along with lemon juice to highlight the region’s sweet summer fruits.

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The glass is garnished with wildflowers and a gold leaf representing Norway’s nickname as the “Land of the Midnight Sun”. The final product is also supplemented with rosemary smoke from a handheld smoker to represent the bonfires which are popular during the summer months.

Celebrity worked closely with Beautiful Booze, a cocktail blogger with a large Instagram following to create the Smoked Ruby Summer Solstice Sour. Find the complete recipe below!

Smoked Ruby Summer Solstice Sour


1 and ½ shots of Aquavit

1 shot of lemon juice

½ shot of mixed berry juicy (try blueberry, raspberry or cranberry)

½ shot of Ginger Syrup

Drizzle of runny honey

2 dashes Cardamom Bitters

1 egg white

Garnish: Gold leaf, herbs and wild flowers

Optional: Smoked rosemary


  1. Gather your ingredients and add everything to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice, then shake mixture thoroughly.
  3. Strain the mixture to remove the ice, then shake again.
  4. Serve in the glass, then garnish with gold leaf, wildflowers and herbs.
  5. For an additional smoky-effect, use a handheld smoker to create an intense rosemary smoke.   

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