A pure Finn with an icy plunge.
After serving the Jim Collins at a birthday party for the Collins-Laines, Jim's wife, Kristen, asked if I'd make a cocktail for her father. Erick Laine was born in Finland, loves saunas and plunges in icy water. So I made him a whale of a cold one, using blueberries I picked from New Hampshire's Mount Cardigan the previous summer.
- 2 Parts Vodka
- 1/2 Part Sweet Sherry
- 1 Part Limoncello Liqueur
- Soda Water
- Wild Blueberries
- Fresh Lemon
The day before, make blueberry ice cubes by freeziing berries in water with an ice cube tray. Fill a shaker with regular ice. Add vodka, sherry, limoncello, and a squeeze of lemon juice. Shake and strain into a chilled glass filled with blueberry ice cubes. Top with soda water. Serve wearing nothing but a towel—but only if your first name is Erick.