On June 20, we welcomed the return of summer, which in Iceland is known as the Summer Solstice. Iceland experiences days of continuous sunlight, and the occasion is cause for great celebration. The land of volcanoes and glaciers is an inspiring and unique place which over the last few years has experienced a steady growth in visitors, tourism and interest. Iceland’s Reyka Vodka shares some uniquely Icelandic ways Icelanders celebrate the Summer Solstice, and some refreshing cocktail recipes, to inspire those planning summertime celebrations or seeking a taste of Iceland.
Kick-off summer with the refreshing Icelandic Paloma cocktail created by Reyka Brand Ambassador, Trevor Schneider.
2 parts Reyka Vodka
½ part Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur
1 part Grapefruit Juice
½ part Simple Syrup
¼ part Lime Juice
Build the cocktail over ice, shake, and serve in a Collins glass.
Five Ways Icelanders Celebrate the Summer Solstice Brought To You By Reyka Vodka:
1. Leading up to the Summer Solstice is Icelandic National Day on June 17th. This annual holiday in Iceland commemorates the foundation of The Republic of Iceland. Icelanders celebrate this holiday with a parade through each urban area which includes riders on Icelandic horses, street theatre, dancers, performers and more.
2. Making the most of 72 hours of continuous daylight, The Secret Solstice Festival has become a must-do for festival-goers around the world. Artists from all corners of the music spectrum will be performing across multiple stages on Thursday, June 16 – Sunday, June 19.
3. Since the sun never sets, the celebration never has to end with bars staying open all night and bonfires burning for hours.
4. Icelanders are known to welcome the summer by rolling naked in the morning dew, which is known to give you good luck through the rest of the year.
5. Most of all, the Summer Solstice in Iceland is celebrated with family and friends and toasting to celebrate the summer.