Recipe: – Spicy Gina is my take on the classic Margherita

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– People’s desire to do something while drinking has become a fairly big trend in Oslo. Therefore, many pubs have created different games, says Synne Dyb Støyva, general manager at Bullit Beslet in Oslo.

Located in the basement of Galilee Bislett Bad, the bar is described as a neighborhood and lane bar. Despite having a huge outdoor terrace in the summer, the character of the biggest Nordic driveway is probably in a pub that draws people in.

– Our car’s trajectory was actually supposed to be 47 metres, but it ended up being 45 metres. It is made by famous automobile track builder Janis Nabukins. Støyva says those who frequent the environment probably know him.

Makes the drink: Synne Dyb Støyva, General Manager at Pollett Bislett.  Photo: Stine Nibe Ravneberget / Finansavisen

Makes the drink: Synne Dyb Støyva, General Manager at Pollett Bislett. Photo: Stine Nibe Ravneberget / Finansavisen

To play and games in Bislet

In addition to the car track that goes around the room, Bullitt also has different types of car games, shooting games and pinball. Everything has an antique hammock on top of it – including both Indiana Jones- And the Twilight Zone-Game.

Behind the bar, which opened in the fall of 2019, is the gang that run Tilt, another well-known Oslo game bar. The name Bullitt comes naturally from the gaming currency of the same name that you put on your consoles.

Pollett offers a good selection of beers, but also a small cocktail list – including a drink with red cabbage.

I like a few specialty drinks with other kinds of ingredients. Although red cabbage syrup may sound a bit disgusting, it is very good. Støyva says classic drinks are fine if you prepare them well—but if you have your own disagreement about them, even better.

Spicy Gina is my go-to variant of the classic Margherita. It’s a little more juicy, has a bit more kick and is fruity—perfect all year round. And it’s very easy to make at home, she says and explains:

Place two strawberries on an empty shaker, preferably fresh if they are in season. Pour over tequila, Cointreau, honey syrup and lemon juice. Fill the blender completely with ice and shake well. Dip a chilled cup in a little honey syrup first, then in a little chili powder mixed with salt. Strain the drink and garnish with a slice of lemon on the edge of the glass.

Drink: Spicy Gina, served in Bullet Bislette.  Photo: Stine Nibe Ravneberget / Finansavisen

Drink: Spicy Gina, served in Bullet Bislette. Photo: Stine Nibe Ravneberget / Finansavisen

Recipe: Spicy Gina

2 strawberries, preferably fresh

4 cl tequila

1 cel Cointreau

2 cl of honey syrup (equal parts water and honey. Add cayenne pepper to taste).

4 ml lemon juice

Chili powder with salt and lemon slices for garnish

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