I suppose it was only a matter of time (seeing as we are a design magazine after all) that we’d have an Ikea-inspired drink.
Truth be told, I was a bit stumped for what I would write about this month. I’d like to be able to say that my "drinker’s block" was due to some kind of cleanse or other kind of post-Christmas-indulgence puritanical bent, but that would be a lie. The truth is, I’m in the middle of getting ready to sell my condo, and what with packing, painting, daily visits to Ikea and worrying about the Toronto real estate market, I’ve been too busy to wash my hair, let alone be erudite about alcohol (funnily enough, I do not seem to be having any problems on the consuming it).
Then, when I least expected it, inspiration struck. There I was, paying for the requisite Ikea-visit hot dog (I don’t think that I’ve ever been able to leave an Ikea without buying a hot dog), and out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a tall white can of some kind of Swedish "pear pop." Maybe it was something about the simple yet effective design of the can, but I could just imagine how good it would taste with the St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur that I got for Christmas.
My instincts did not lead me astray. After unloading my Ikea purchases, I mixed what I am sure will be the first of many Ikea-inspired bevvies.
1 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1 ½ oz Gin (I like Bombay Sapphire)
8 oz Kolsyrad Parondryck (sparkling pear drink from Ikea)
Mix all ingredients with ice in a rocks glass and garnish with a wedge of lime. Crisp and clean, it is a great refreshing drink to enjoy at the end of a long day of painting!