Editor’s note: In celebration of our current drinks issue, we partnered with Tad Carducci of The Tippler, the popular bar located below Chelsea Market, to create custom, story-inspired cocktails. Below, he shares a liquid homage to fika, or a common Swedish coffee tradition. Read our full story here.
As far as I can tell, the Swedes are surrounded by beauty; just look at their land, cars, modern design aesthetic, traditional art and handicrafts.
I designed “The Silent Ringer ” cocktail to pay homage to another bit of Swedish beauty called fika, or the art of the coffee break. It’s all about taking time out of every day to share a good cup of coffee or tea with friends, family or colleagues. There’s usually a an accompanying snack and phones stay off the table.
We’ve taken the idea of fika and wrapped some of its traditional components into a rich and invigorating cocktail. It’s a little sweet, a little savory and its flavors linger—hopefully much like any conversation or face-to-face time it inspires.
Makes 1 drink
1 oz. mocha liqueur (Varnelli Moka or Godiva recommended)
1/2 oz. dry anisette liqueur (Varnelli or Meletti recommended)
1/2 oz. Peruvian pisco (Barsol or Macchu Pisco recommended)
3 oz. Grady’s New Orleans Style Cold Brew concentrate or similar
Shake all ingredients vigorously with ice. Strain into a cocktail or parfait-style glass. Layer fresh whipped cream on top. Dust with freshly ground cardamom.