Bartender Made Cocktails – Drikkja

20th February 2023

Bartender Made Cocktails - Drikkja

This article is made in collaboration with Mihai Vulpe, an amazing Bartender in London, England.

The Cocktail that you are about to make is one of Mihai Vulpe’s Signature Fizz Cocktails, which he makes in The Vault Bar, at The Ned’s private members club in London.

Let’s Meet The Bartender!

“I never saw myself as a bartender, but I believe that I was lucky to meet the right people at the right time. While I was a part-time Barack, I met amazing bartenders willing to teach me the art of the craft and I was willing to learn. It’s been a year since I became a bartender and I plan to keep learning and becoming a better bartender. Besides bartending I’m passionate about philosophy, mythology and literature which most often is the inspiration behind my drinks.” Mihai Vulpe

What was the inspiration behind your Drikkja Cocktail?

“The name of the cocktail is Drikkja which translates to “(alcoholic) drink” in old Norse. The cocktail was inspired by the old tradition and rituals associated with the mead, as mead was the only food of the god Odin. Mead was revered as a sacred beverage. Because, according to Norse mythology, Mead of Poetry was made from the blood of the wisest Norse creature and possessed certain abilities, such as persuading anyone with words. As a result, it was used for formal rituals and ceremonies by the Vikings. That’s how I was inspired to create a tasty drink which combines mead and sparkling wine in a delicious cocktail to enjoy at ceremonies with your family and friends. Don’t forget to toast like the Vikings SKOL!” – Mihai Vulpe

The Recipe For Drikkja


  • 40ml Mead (Honey Wine)
  • 25ml Brandy (VSOP or XO)
  • 20ml Lemon juice
  • 1 Bar Spoon Honey
  • 25ml Egg White
  • Sparkling Pinot Noir
  • Lemon Zest

How To Make The Drikkja Cocktail

  • Add the first 4 ingredients and stir to incorporate the honey into the drink
  • Add egg white and dry shake
  • Add Ice and Shake
  • Fine strain into a highball and top up with Sparkling Pinot Noir
  • Garnish With Lemon Zest

Images belong to Mihai Vulpe. Glass of Bubbly was granted permission to use them.

Oliver Walkey

Champagne and Sparkling Wine Writer, Focused on Bringing the Exciting and Fascinating World of Bubbly to You.