Cocktail “Kom hjem”

Skål for Norway House with a royal blue libation!

Photo: Kristi Bissell
In celebration of the grand opening at Norway House, Taste of Norway Editor Kristi Bissell and Editor-in-chief Lori Ann Reinhall present a new signature cocktail “Kom hjem!” With its royal blue color and the taste of aquavit, it makes for a perfect toast for this very special occasion.

Taste of Norway Editor
The Norwegian American

The Norwegian American

The grand opening of the new Norway House addition with Queen Sonja calls for a celebration, and what better way to celebrate than with a signature cocktail!

We decided to call our royal libation “Kom hjem”—“Come home”—the tagline of Norway House. Offering your guests a glass is warm and inviting, the feeling that pervades Norway House.

The color blue has been associated with Norway House from the beginning. It symbolizes the blue waters of the ocean that connect our North American continent to Norway across the Atlantic. For this reason, the Norway House building was painted blue. Blue is also traditionally a color associated with royals.

To achieve the color and taste we wanted for our signature drink, we choose blue Curaçao liqueur. It is flavored with the dried peel of the bitter orange laraha, a citrus fruit grown on the Dutch island of Curaçao in the Caribbean, giving the cocktail its refreshing taste.

But the quintessential Norwegian element in this drink is a good infusion of aquavit, of course. With its caraway flavor, it gives it that extra tang that is oh-so-Nordic. But if for some reason aquavit is not available where you live, vodka may be substituted.

No matter how you make it, this drink is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, as we raise a glass to Norway House!

Cocktail “Kom hjem!”


Lime wedge
Coarse or granulated sugar
Ice cubes
¼ cup cranberry juice cocktail
2 tbsps. (1 oz.) aquavit or citron-flavored aquavit
2 tbsps. (1 oz.) blue Curaçao liqueur
1 tbsp. fresh lime juice


1. Moisten rim of chilled martini glass with lime wedge. Sprinkle sugar onto small plate and dip moistened rim into the sugar to coat lightly.

2. Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add cranberry juice, aquavit, Curaçao, and lime juice; cover and shake. Strain into martini glass.

3. Garnish your drink with a lemon or lime wedge. Cheers! Skål!

This article originally appeared in the November 4, 2022, issue of The Norwegian American.

Avatar photo

Kristi Bissell

Kristi Bissell is the founder of True North Kitchen, a Nordic food blog designed for the American home cook. She enjoys creating recipes that celebrate her Scandinavian heritage and that approach traditional Nordic ingredients in a modern, fresh and approachable way. Kristi is a native of Minneapolis and currently resides in Omaha, Neb. When she’s not cooking and baking in her cozy kitchen, Kristi teaches private and corporate yoga classes and leads Scandinavian cooking and baking workshops. For more information, visit her blog,