Icelandic Birch Cocktail

Nordic flavours meet woodsy tones just in time for Valentine's Day. Featured recipe by Modern Wifestyle 


Birkir and Björk from Foss Distillery are two Delicious Icelandic Liquors made with Pure Birch Sap (juice) and make excellent ingredients for cocktails.

If you are in the mood for little taste of the woods, earthy tones with hint a hint of citrus, this Icelandic Birch Cocktail with Blood Orange is definitely something for you!

Birkir is a snaps (36%) and Björk is a liqueur (27,5%) – both super smooth with earthy tones and hint of honey. I have used them in various recipes, both drinks and food, and I am very excited to share a Björk Ice Cream recipe with you all very soon. You can get Björk and Birkir in Iceland (obviously), Denmark and the USA. Check out the list of retailers.

First time I ever tasted Birkir/Björk it was very simple and straight up with Tonic Water and a slice of lime. After my first sip I said loudly “Mmmmmm Delicious! it’s like licking wood!” I might be a good cook but spoken words are not always my forte.


Makes one


  • 1 part Birkir Snaps
  • 1 part Blood Orange Juice
  • 1/2 part Dark Simple Syrup
  • Few Drops Angostura Bitter
  • A Dash of Sparkling Water


  1. Fill a Cocktail Shaker with Ice Cubes and add Birkir, blood orange juice and syrup. Shake well
  2. Strain into a glass, fill up with sparkling water and add few drops of Angostura Bitter


  • 1 dl Brown Sugar
  • 1,5 dl Water
  1. Place sugar and water into a saucepan and let sugar dissolve over low heat
  2. Pour into a jar and store in the fridge for up to 1 week

Photography and recipe by Modern Wifestyle