Beardslee Public House’s
The Abyss

Ingredients: Läka Gin, maraschino, lemon juice, créme de violette, soda | $11

In December 2015, Distiller and Sommelier Erik Liedholm and Chef John Howie opened Wildwood Spirits Co. adjacent to the Beardslee Public House, which they co-own. You can find Wildwood’s craft spirits served at the brewpub and starring in specialty cocktails like The Abyss, a twist on the classic cocktail, The Aviation.

Served in a Collins glass, The Abyss is a light, refreshing drink with floral and orange notes. Created by Wildwood vice distiller Mike Taib, it is a great, effervescent cocktail to cool down with on a sunny fall day. Starring in the cocktail is Liedholm’s new gin, Läka, which is Swedish for heal.

Liedholm is an Advanced Level III Sommelier and has studied with world renowned Master Distiller Dr. Kris Berglund. He won the 2014 National Somm Slam competition at the International Chef Congress in New York.

Liedholm casts the vision for Wildwood, a craft distillery operated with a “farm to distillery” philosophy. At least 90 percent of Wildwood’s ingredients are sourced from Washington State, including winter wheat, Braeburn apples, and Douglas Fir, and all the production happens on-site.

Tour the distillery and view the gorgeous Carl copper stills. In the sleek, stylish apothecary-style tasting room, you can taste free half-ounce pours of Kur (pronounced “cure”) Gin and Stark Van Vatten Vodka, which have both won awards from prestigious spirits competitions, including New York World Wine and Spirits Competition and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

You can also taste Läka, the newest gin, which is available in limited qualities. It is a bold London Dry style gin with intense aromas and the flavors of citrus and exotic spice. It uses a more traditional method of botanical infusion than Kur, and the result is a more aggressive aromatic flavor profile.

“We wanted to offer fans of our Kur Gin the opportunity to try something new but also familiar,” Liedholm said. “Kur is the symphony orchestra and Läka is the rock band.”

Try The Abyss cocktail on your next visit to Beardslee Public House, and taste or purchase Läka downstairs at the Wildwood tasting room.

Beardslee Public House
19116 Beardslee Blvd., Bothell
425.286.1001 |

"Served in a Collins glass, The Abyss is a light, refreshing drink with floral and orange notes. "