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Cocktails at the Castle – At Home!

Friday, May 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 7:00pm

When you can't party at the Castle, ASI brings the party to you!

This virtual iteration of our signature museum party is inspired by extra/ordinary: The American Swedish Institute. At Play. Make the virtual exhibition tour part of your at-home Cocktails experience!

Check out our Instagram Story and tag #ASIatHome to share all your party pics! 
Välkommen to ASI’s Cocktails at the Castle – At Home edition! We know that any party would be pretty dull without some tunes, so the performers of the upcoming CatC event on September 11 have curated exclusive party playlists just for you:
Share your creativity with us! Tag #ASIatHome for a chance to be featured on our Instagram stories. Prizes will be also awarded to the winners of each category. AND/OR join one of our Virtual Happy Hour sessions to show off your skills!
Åh Snaps! Virtual Happy Hour Sessions  via Zoom at 3 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Need some social interaction? Us, too! Join us for special sessions where we’ll teach a few Swedish drinking songs, share our at-home Cocktails experiences, and maybe make a few friends!
  • Click HERE to register for the 3 p.m. session
  • Click HERE to register for the 5 p.m. session.
extra/ordinary fort-building contest
This one’s easy – channel your inner child and build your own Castle to party from! 
Make your own extra/ordinary origami boat. Then race!
Basic instructions on how to fold the boat can be found here. When you’re done, make it extra/ordinary by decorating it however you’d like. Now put it to work and challenge your housemates to a race (either in your sink or your bathtub).
Quarantine Bingo
To participate, simply screen-shot the bingo card on our Instagram Stories (or find it here) and use your phone’s photo-editing tool to mark off what you’ve done. At the end of the day, use #ASIatHome to share your finished card with us!
Party in Style
Do you miss going out and dressing to the nines? Is there an old prom dress/tux/bridesmaid dress in the back of your closet just begging for attention? Maybe a favorite Halloween/Cosplay outfit? Now is your chance to show off your extra/ordinary fashion sense and give those pieces some love.
See below for recipes for Swedish Street Hot Dogs and an Aquavit Daiquiri (because it wouldn't be Cocktails without ... a cocktail).

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Food & Drink Recipes

Varmkorv (Swedish Style Hot Dog)

swedish varmkorv

It’s no FIKA Café, but we think you’ll love this Swedish street food staple. Thanks to Patrice Johnson for this recipe!

For the varmkorv: Grill or fry hotdogs in butter

For the shrimp salad: Combine cooked shrimp with mayonnaise, yogurt, sour cream, mustard, horseradish, lemon juice and zest, and lots of dill. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

For the mashed potatoes: Boil Yukon potatoes until tender; remove skin and push warm potatoes through a ricer. Combine with butter, cream or whole milk, and season with salt and pepper.

For crispy onions: Toss thin slices of onions in buttermilk or yogurt thinned with whole milk; drain onions and coat with flour. Fry in hot oil until crisp; about 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels and season generously with salt.

For the mustard: Combine equal parts honey mustard and whole grain.

For the ketchup: Combine equal parts ketchup and lingonberry preserves. Add hot sauce if desired.

Serve your hotdog with mashed potatoes and topped with shrimp salad, crispy onions, ketchup and mustard alone, on a hot dog bun, or wrapped in Swedish style flatbread!

Aquavit Daiquiri

Of course no Cocktails at the Castle would be complete without an Aquavit Cocktail. We suggest this one from Vikre Distillery, which recommends their Ovrevann Aquavit for this refreshing cocktail!

Ingredients & Directions:

2 oz. aquavit

3/4 oz. fresh lime juice

3/4 oz. simple syrup

Shake with ice until chilled, strain into a cocktail glass. No garnish needed!