De Danske

The combination of Akvavit, Orange Bitter, and Rooibos Vanilla Tea is a flavor bomb =)

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This is a true signature drink by Timo Wessels

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  • 50ml Aalborg Jubiläums Akvavit (aquavit)
  • 20ml Lemon Juice Fresh (citrus juice)
  • 30ml Samova Orange Safari Roiboos Vanilla Tea (rooibos tea)
  • 20ml Simple Syrup (sugar syrup)
  • 3dashes The Bitter Truth Orange Bitter (orange bitters)
brew / shake / doublestrain

1x orange zest

mixing instructions

  1. Brew the tea and let it cool down.
  2. Remove the tea herbs from the water. And keep the strong brew refrigerated.
  3. Pour all ingredients into the shaker.
  4. Shake until chilled and fine-strain into a serving glass, with no ice inside.
  5. Add your garnish.

  1. Brew the tea.
  2. Let the tea sit for a while until it is cooled down to room temperature.
  3. Remove the tea herbs from the water. And keep the strong brew refrigerated.
  4. Chill the serving glass with either crushed ice or ice cubes. Or place it in a fridge or freezer.
  5. Prepare your Mise en Place.
  6. Prepare your bottle setup.
  7. Prepare your garnish.
  8. Pour all ingredients into the shaker.
  9. Add ice cubes into the shaker
  10. Shake for about 20 seconds.
  11. Take the chilled glass out of the fridge/freezer. If you used ice to chill the serving glass, remove everything from the glass.
  12. Double-Strain the mixed liquid into the chilled serving glass with no ice inside.
  13. Add your garnish.
  14. Clean up your working station.

how to garnish

  • 1x orange zest, Cut the orange zest into a diamond shape. Squeeze the zest a little, to release the oils of the zest over the drink. Place it onto the rim of the glass.

mixing tips


  • Start with the cheapest ingredients (the syrup) first.

Mise En Place

  • Keep all equipment and ingredients within range. It will be easier and faster to mix the drink.

Non Alcoholic Ingredients

  • Try to make a strong brew if you use tea as an ingredient.
  • For better results, chill your strong brew tea before mixing it.


  • Be careful and confident if you want to zest a citrus fruit with a zest peeler!

flavour and texture


editor recipe notes

The “De Danske” Cocktail was one of my really first signature drinks. That I’m really proud of it. The recipe itself is very simple.
However, the combination of Akvavit, Orange, Rooibos, and Vanilla as a Short drink, served in a Coupette, is a real crowd-pleaser. You get even more flavor if you just shake the cut orange peel with it.
And you will really not notice that 50ml of liquor is inside the drink. It’s smooth, and everybody can mix this drink at home.

about Timo Wessels

Timo Wessels is a passionate bartender dedicated to improving his bartending skills. His love for beverages extends to spirits, liqueurs, beer, wine, and coffee, and he actively seeks knowledge in these areas. As a certified spirit and beer sommelier, Timo enjoys sharing his expertise and teaching others. Through MyBeverageGuide, his goal is to create a global knowledgebase for bartenders, hobbyists, and producers alike.

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130 ml = 1 serving

Author, Timo Wessels
Updated on 29. June 2023

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