Spirited Traveler: Cocktailing in Copenhagen on msnbc.msn.com

NEW YORK— Bookended by the Carlsberg and Tuborg breweries, the Danes have long been a nation of beer drinkers. But a new generation of bartenders is driving a vibrant cocktail culture in Copenhagen.

And as of two years ago, the city has its own signature quaff, the Copenhagen Cocktail.

Created by Gromit Eduardsen, bartending partner at 1105 (http://www.1105.dk),

the drink has a cheery pink hue and lightly fruity flavor and won a contest sponsored by Danish liqueur brand Cherry Heering. (Cherry Heering also is a key ingredient in the classic Singapore Sling and Blood & Sand cocktails.)

However, don’t expect to find the drink on every cocktail menu in town.

At Ruby (http://rby.dk/), offerings run to classics and seasonal libations with international influence, such as the Mirabellini (hazelnut-infused pisco shaken with Mirabelle plum jam and topped with dry Champagne).

Hidden speakeasy The Union (Store Strandstrde 19; 1255 Kbenhavn K) is also noted for its excellent drinks, which flow from midnight until the wee hours – but don’t look for the Copenhagen Cocktail there either.

You can however get one at Mash (http://www.mashsteak.dk/),

short for “Modern American Steak House,” a prime venue for business lunches and dinners. “It has a great bar team,” Eduardsen says, “and it’s probably the best steak house in Scandinavia.”

Among Eduardsen’s rather lengthy list of other must-drink spots: The streamlined Oak Room (http://www.oakroom.dk/) in the Nrrobro “Latin Quarter” district, “seductive 1800s-style cocktails” at Salon 39 (http://www.salon39.dk/) in Frederiksberg, and pretty much any of the myriad new bars opening at a fast clip in the hip meat-packing district known as Kdbyen (the name translates as “Meat City”).

For work-hard/play-hard types, Copenhagen “rocks all night long,” says Eduardsen, pointing to Simon’s Copenhagen (http://simonscopenhagen.com/index.html)

as a great example; the late-night dance spot is housed in an old art gallery. Not a bad way to get your Copenhagen Cocktail on.

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