Original Tiki Drink: The Draugr

Draugr Tiki Drink, a Scandinavian Zombie
I think it is about time, with all this Tiki-blogging, to try to contribute something original. So here I go, throwing caution to the wind and risking ridicule by advancing a fresh drink of my own creation.
Casting about for inspiration, I found myself grinning at the most un-tropical, un-pacific ingredient in my home: A bottle of Swedish lingonberry juice I bought at Ikea recently. Since counter-intuitive is just what I do, I set out to create a Scandinavian Tiki drink, in honor of my favorite Viking Tiki Wench. And since I was going all Scandi here, I also wanted to employ an offering from the Liquor Fairy I got a while back and never reviewed, Krogstad Aquavit. Aquavit is Scandinavian, but Krogstad is not. It’s made in Portland, OR, by the same folks who give us the magnificent Aviation Gin.
Now, both lingonberry and aquavit take a little getting used to for the American palate (or my palate at least), so I wanted a drink where both would be parts in an ensemble, rather than flavor-forward. When you talk Tiki and ensemble, my first thought goes to the marvelously, infinitely variable Zombie. And when you talk Scandinavian zombies, you mean the Draugr.

DRAUGR (Pronounced Droo-GOR, I think)

  • 1 part Krogstad Aquavit
  • 1 part Appleton 12 year old
  • 1 part Lemon Hart demerara rum
  • 1 part Mount Gay Eclipse Silver
  • 1 part fresh lime juice
  • 1 part lingonberry syrup
  • 1/2 part unsweetened pineapple juice

Combine ingredients in a shaker with cracked or small ice. shake briefly and pour into a jeweled chalice looted from a medieval British abbey or monastery. (A crystal snifter or Tiki vessel will do) Garnish with something creepy, like the rambutan fruit shown above.

A product of the fevered inventiveness of the Pegu Blog Laboratories.


  1. Dr. Bamboo

    17 February

    Rambutan fruit? I thought that was a bezoar.

    So disappointed. 😉

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  2. Tony Harion

    19 February

    just read the whole post waiting for the final instruction: “garnish with a wig or piece of a pirates´scalp”…
    This might be the type of garnish that gets a cocktail sent back before the first sip… 😉
    I had never even heard of this fruit…

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  3. Doug

    19 February

    I never had either, until I saw a basket of them sitting in a cool grocery store. They don’t look quite so nasty in person, but my first thought was still, “Zombie seaweed”.

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  4. lisaiscooking

    19 February

    Sounds refreshing and delicious! The garnish looks great too. Now, where’s my jeweled chalice? 😉

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  5. Tiare

    21 February

    Rambutan? i thought it was a wigged spider.

    I think uou have done well with the (oh so difficult) lingonberry, instead of using the juice you made syrup, brilliant. I agree that both lingonberry and aqvavit is hard to get to like. Here people drink aqvavit neat in shots and its sooo awful! but every xmas dinner you have to drink that and sing along too, period.

    I think your mix of ingredients looks good. Its just that garnish…


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  6. Doug

    22 February

    You people are all beating on my Rambutan!

    OK, I’ll admit it is a bit more creepy than Tiki. How about we reserve the “pirate scalp” for Halloween occasions?

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  7. jack

    13 April

    Nicely done, in both presentation and in flavoring. Not only does the lingonberry work with my Swedish blood, but mixing it with various rums is a treat. Skol (not properly done of course since there’s no eye contact – but still said respectfully).

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