Absolut Vodka have designed a cocktail for me. It’s called ‘Absolut Ramm’ and is inspired by the Scottish landscape:
‘My favourite aroma is the scent of sap rising in the pine forests. This is usually particularly strong in springtime or where forests have been felled. It is a sweet delicate scent, not at all like the synthetic pine-branded household products on the commercial market. The closest matching taste that I know of would probably be heather honey, though it is not exact.
The young pine needles from the trees can also be eaten and have a sharp, clean and spicy tang to them. They are rich in vitamin C and I often eat them pickled in salads. When the pine buds have just opened in the spring they are a bright luminous green, gradually turning darker throughout the year. This sharp flavour could perhaps be complimented by apple or pear (or melon, though it can’t be grown here).’
‘Absolut Ramms’ waiting at the bar