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'Handtrykk' Cocktail... inspired by Oslo

To celebrate the current West End production of Oslo at the Harold Pinter Theatre, the critically acclaimed Aquavit restaurant in St James’ Market has designed a special cocktail, Handtrykk, inspired by the events of the play.

‘Handtrykk’ is the Norwegian term for ‘Handshake’, and the name comes from that iconic historical moment on the White House lawn between Israel & the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) during the Oslo I Accord signing ceremony in 1993, when the two delegations shook hands for the very first time. 

The cocktail combines traditional Norwegian Aquavit (infused with warming flavours of cinnamon & orange), Arak, an anise flavoured spirit commonly found in Israel, plus cherry liqueur, lemon, egg white and angostura bitters. The cocktail is available to order in Aquavit now. 

Watch the video below to find out how the restaurant mixologists create this new drink and visit the Oslo show page here to book tickets to see the show that inspired it.

‘Witty, gripping, Shakespearean in scope. Delivered by a flawless ensemble’
Financial Times

Direct from a multi award-winning season on Broadway and a critically acclaimed, sold-out run at the National Theatre. 

Oslo tells the true story of two maverick Norwegian diplomats Terje Rød-Larsen, (Toby Stephens - Black Sails, Private Lives) and Mona Juul, (Lydia Leonard - Wolf Hall, Life in Squares) planned and orchestrated top-secret, high-level meetings between the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation, which culminated in the signing of the historic 1993 Oslo Accords. 

Click here to book tickets for Oslo