Instagram's best mixologists: Morten Krag

by Morten Krag

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The format for Desert Island Drinks is loosely based on a famous UK radio programme called Desert Island Discs – a music programme, where celebrities are interviewed about their music taste. On this show, the celebrity is asked ‘If you were stranded on a desert island, and had only 7 pieces of music to listen to, what would they be?’.

So, we do the same, but with cocktails!

This week, Morten Krag, a.k.a. thecocktail.blog is stranded on a desert island, and must pick his favourite cocktail to make and drink in 5 different scenarios.


So, without further ado, Morten, what would be your classic cocktail of choice?

A Dry Martini. It’s a great way to taste both spirits and new cocktail bars. If they master a Martini, I’m pretty confident they will master most classic cocktails.

Few ingredients, simple to make, but requires attention, patience and a whole lot of love to get it perfect, while demanding quality products.

The Martini template is also perfect to tweak and riff, and this version of it contains Sake and a syrup.

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Which fizzy cocktail would you pick?

For me fizzy cocktails don’t always have to be about Champagne or similar. I love to play with tonics and basic soda as well. It keeps it fresh and works as a great quencher on sunny and hot days, and will always leave your refreshed.

In this fizzy cocktail I am playing with soda water and red wine, making a glorious and delicious float.

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Which cocktail do you make to get the party started?

When I made my version of the undying and always very satisfying “Corpse Reviver No. 2”, I was in no doubt that this would be a all time favorite of mine, and one that really have the ability to amaze, both visually and taste-wise.

Having a bright and clear appearance, bearing festive colors, this will for sure get the party started and keep it going.

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What drink should everyone have tried?

Pairing Pisco, Genever and Gin with violet and thyme and fizzing it up with tonic, was one of the best discoveries ever made!

Not only a gem for sore eyes, this combo is complex, rich and bold, and will linger for a long time – both in mind and mouth.

Try it before your neighbour!

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Finally, what would you showstopper be?

A pink cocktail is always a head turner, and when based on the Legendary “The Last Word” cocktail, you know you are in for a treat.

I used a gin based on Coca leafs, which will give you a rounded and sweet juniper experience, as well as some yellow chartreuse which offers brilliant herbal notes.

Add some maraschino and lavender syrup, and this pink TLW variation will stop any show anytime!

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