Christi Extreme Cocktail

Christi Extreme Cocktail
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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)

A unique and fun cocktail, the Christi Extreme mixes a great vodka with lingonberry syrup, grapefruit juice, and ginger beer. This is a fabulous highball drink with an interesting flavor that's perfect for those times when you want a cocktail that's easy but unique.

The recipe comes from Christiania Vodka, a potato vodka produced in Norway. In keeping with those origins, the featured ingredient is lingonberry syrup. Lingonberries are commonly used in Scandinavian countries and are likened to wild American blackberries. The catch is that the berries are very bitter on their own, which is why they're almost always combined with sugar to make jams and syrups.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka (Christiania)
  • 1 ounce lingonberry syrup
  • 1 ounce grapefruit juice
  • 1 ounce ginger beer (or enough to fill)
  • Garnish: lime wedge

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the vodka, lingonberry syrup, and grapefruit juice.

  3. Shake well.

  4. Strain into a collins glass and fill with ginger beer.

  5. Garnish with a lime wedge.

  6. Serve and enjoy!

Tips

  • Lingonberry syrup can be purchased commercially from companies like Darbo.
  • You could also use a lingonberry jam if that's the only option. In this instance, double strain the cocktail by using your regular cocktail strainer while pouring it through a fine mesh strainer to catch any bits of fruit bits from the jam.
  • Fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice will produce the best cocktail. Luckily, a single grapefruit can yield up to 6 ounces of juice, so one will be more than enough for a few cocktails.
  • Explore your ginger beer options to find which you enjoy best in this cocktail. Some are very spicy while others are sweeter. Thanks to the Moscow mule, the selection available is greater than ever and there's a ginger beer for every taste.

Recipe Variations

  • Pour a flavored vodka if you like. Christiania doesn't offer any, so you will have to choose a different brand. Good options include coconut, pineapple, and vanilla, each of which could put a fun twist on this cocktail.
  • Rather than lingonberry syrup, you can use another fruit syrup. Good complementary fruits for the grapefruit include raspberry, strawberry, and pomegranate. The latter makes grenadine an excellent and easy substitute.
  • Ginger ale is often a good substitute for ginger beer. It offers a slightly sweeter taste with a more gentle ginger flavor.

How Strong Is a Christi Extreme?

The alcohol content of the Christi extreme falls right in line with other highballs, such as the vodka tonic. While it will vary slightly depending on how much ginger beer you pour, it should be right around 12 percent ABV (24 proof). That's comparable to drinking a glass of wine.