Sweet • Sour • Savory

Food blog on scandinavian style food done right.


December 1st.

Christmas, Drinks, Holiday, BeveragesTove Balle-PedersenComment

Somehow December always creeps up on me, somehow I get surprised that Christmas comes right after all the festivity at Thanksgiving. This Year I hosted my first Thanksgiving dinner, so my Christmas preparations was somewhat delayed. 

I do intend to post 12 christmasy posts, for the 12 Days of Christmas. It will be a mix of food, sweets, cakes and cookies. So please stay tuned.

I start with a re-post of a hot mulled cider, mostly because I'm down with a cold, and the best thing to drink are warm drinks. And I really love hot mulled cider. 

I have never had it in Denmark, but it should be a Christmas stable as the mulled wine is.

Hot mulled cider, this lovely drink was all new to me 6 years ago. I thought that mulled wine aka glögg/gløgg/glühwein was a German/scandinavian thing. And adding warm spices to a non-alcholic drink, that was new to me, I'm sad to say. 😳

First time I had it was at a William-Sonoma store, and boy they got me hooked on that stuff. I love this when when winter approaches, and you need at hot strong drink to keep you warm. 

It has become a tradition to make hot mulled cider when we are having ebelskiver the weeks up to christmas. And to bee honest, I have the cider simmering on my stove almost every day. This fills my house with the sweet smell of christmas and it makes me very happy. 


  • 2 quarts good apple cider 
  • 1 orange, zest of half
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • 5-10 whole cloves
  • 5-10 whole allspice berries
  • 1-2 star anis 
  • 3 green cardamom capsules

You could also buy a mulling spice mix, but I prefer mixing my own.


Put all the ingredients in a large saucepan and heat the cider to a simmer. Turn down the heat, and let the spices steep in the cider for 5-10 minutes. Reheat the cider. Pour the cider through a sift into cups and serve immediately.


The Danish Version:

Varm Krydret Cider


  • 2 liter god æblecider 
  • ½ appelsin, skallen fra
  • 2 kanelstænger
  • 5-10 hele nelliker
  • 5-10 hele allehånde
  • 1-2 stjerneanis 
  • 3 grønne kardemomme


Kom alle ingredienserne i en gryde og varm det op til kogepunktet. Skru ned for varmen og lad krydderierne trække i cideren i 5-10 minutter. Varm cideren op og si krydderierne fra. Server cideren med det samme.

Peppermint "Snaps"

Christmas, DrinksTove Balle-PedersenComment
Peppermint "Snaps"

Peppermint "Snaps"

December 7th - Third day of Christmas.

Danes do like to drink, they love their christmas lunch parties, having a lot of food and a lot of beer and snaps. But frankly, most danes do NOT enjoy snaps, but this sweeter shot might be more enjoyable. AND the drink is so pretty and pink - what not to like??

I have been dissolving many different kinds of hard candy in vodka during the years. Making different shots, for parties. Nowadays this is a rare occasion, because I rarely have hard liquor. 

Making almost 1 bottle.


  • 500 ml vodka
  • 40 small peppermint candy canes


Dissolve the candy canes in the vodka, shaking the bottle now and again.

Serve the peppermint "snaps" at lunch or use it for shots at parties.


Please drink responsibly. And please no under-ages drinking. 

Apple Pie-tini

Drinks, Holiday, ThanksgivingTove Balle-PedersenComment
Apple Pie-tini

Apple Pie-tini

Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers in the US (and Americans in general).

As a somewhat newly arrived Dane in the US, Thanksgiving is a Holiday we just have to pass to get to the December celebration. I have never been too fond of turkey. Well, I had a very good roasted turkey at a Thanksgiving celebration at my dorm in Denmark. We had an American exchange student (Andy) living there, and we all went all in on making a big Thanksgiving celebration with him. And as for most dinners with young people at a dorm, it turned in to a great Party. This party is still my fondest Thanksgiving memory.

I hope you all are enjoying the holiday.

Makes 2 drinks



  • 90 ml vanilla vodka

  • 90 ml apple cider, unfiltered

  • 25 ml lemon juice

  • 1-2 tablespoons honey


  • 1 apple, in slices sprinkled with lemon juice

  • 2 cinnamon stick


  • lemon juice

  • baker's sugar (extra fine sugar)

  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon


Cut up the apple and sprinkle the slices with lemon juice to prevent them turning brown.Mix sugar and cinnamon on a shallow plate. Make sure not to have any lumps of sugar. Pour some lemon juice in another shallow plate. Dip the rims of the glasses in the lemon juice, shake them to remove any excess juice. Dip the rim of the glasses in the sugar mixture, making sure to cover all of the rim.

Mix the ingredients for the drink in a shaker with ice. Pour the drink into the glasses and decorate with apple slices and cinnamon sticks.


Red Velvet Latte

Brunch, Breakfast, Desserts, DrinksTove Balle-PedersenComment
Red Velvet Latte

Red Velvet Latte

The first time I tasted a red velvet latte was at Bitter+Sweet, a small but very good cafe in Cupertino. My friends and I keep going back to this place, because the coffee is that good. So if you're ever in the neighborhood, do stop by, you won't regret it.

I have been wanting to create the same latte at home, and finally I found the right mix to create the same perfect red velvet latte. I could do some reverse engineering and figure out what goes into the red velvet mix, but for now I'm happy with buying it. Sometimes you need an easy way out.



Heat the cup with some really hot water.

Whisk the red velvet mix with some steamed milk in the heated cup. Add the espresso shot(s) to the mix. Finally add more steamed milk and some milk foam.


Grapefruit Margarita

DrinksTove Balle-PedersenComment
Grapefruit Margarita

Grapefruit Margarita

I love a good margarita, but I have mostly been making frozen margaritas, and mostly made from frozen Minute Maid Limeade. I think It was time to try to make a more simple margarita from fresh ingredients. This is what I came up with. The grapefruit juice gives the margarita the bitterness I normally get from Triple sec. I like that these margaritas are on the weaker side, but feel free to add more tequila if you like a stronger drink. This pink margarita was perfect on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Makes 2 drinks.


  • 1 fl. oz. (30 ml) lime juice
  • 4 fl. oz.  (120 ml) grapefruit juice
  • 2 fl. oz. (60 ml) clear tequila, (I used Patrón Silver)
  • 1 teaspoon light agave nectar
  • ice for shaking and in the glass
  • a little lime juice and baker's sugar for the rim


Add tequila, lime juice, grapefruit juice, syrup and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a sugar rimmed glass.

Please drink responsibly. 


Grapefruit Margarita

Grapefruit Margarita