Bergen Street from Lolinda

[Photograph: Wes Rowe]

A favorite on Lolinda's cocktail menu, this winter drink was created by the restaurant's original cocktail menu designer, Lane Ford (Chris Lane, the current bar manager, worked with Ford at Flora in Oakland). "It's a really cool idea for a cocktail," says Lane. "It doesn't look like it will work on paper but smashes expectations," he says.

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Bergen Street from Lolinda

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 1 cocktail, plus extra syrup
Active time:For the vanilla syrup: 10 minutes (with up to 8 hours to cool). For the cocktail: 5 minutes
Total time:25 minutes
Special equipment:Cocktail shaker, strainer
This recipe appears in: 5 Winter Cocktail Recipes from Lolinda in San Francisco


  • For the Vanilla Syrup:
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • For the Cocktail:
  • 1 ounce Plymouth Gin
  • 1 ounce Krogstad Aquavit
  • 3/4 ounce vanilla syrup
  • 3/4 ounce fresh juice from 1 to 2 limes
  • 1/4 ounce Galliano
  • 1 teaspoon absinthe


  1. 1

    For the vanilla syrup: Split and scoop the vanilla bean pod lengthwise. Bring water to a boil, add sugar and vanilla bean. Stir well, reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool completely, then strain out solids and keep sealed up to 1 week.

  2. 2

    For the cocktail: combine the gin, aquavit, vanilla syrup, lime juice, Galliano, and absinthe in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake 15 seconds, until well chilled. Strain into a coupe glass and serve.

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