Swedish Diageo Reserve World Class finals in Stockholm

The winners and the jury, photo: 8 ml Productions

Yesterday, 17 talented Swedish bartenders competed against each other at Hotel Reisen here in Stockholm for two spots in the Western European finals of the prestigious Diageo Reserve World Class.

First, all bartenders presented their qualification cocktail in front of the jury - Rikard Enell (Taverna Brillo and the Swedish winner of Diageo World Class 2012), Max La Rocca (Diageo World Class Ambassador Europe) and Deano Moncrieffe (Western European Don Julio Brand Ambassador) - and in addition to the taste of the cocktail, they also judged other things like technique, creativity and presentation.

The four bartenders who had impressed the jury the most were presented with a second, secret challenge where they quickly had to come up with a new drink using ingredients in a mystery box. After a long day, it was Joakim Olsson (Puta Madre, Gothenburg) and Emil Åreng (Rex Bar & Grill, Umeå) who won by impressing the jury with their skills, creativity and of course the ability to create delicious cocktails - congratulations!

In the end of May they will compete against each other again at the Western European finals in Madrid, and only one of them will make it to the global finals which will take place in the beginning of July on board the cruise ship Azamara Journey in the Mediterranean Sea - good luck!

Here are both winners' competition cocktails - enjoy!

Joakim Olsson, photo: 8 ml Productions
Elixir de los Mortales (qualification cocktail)
4 cl Don Julio Blanco Tequila
1 cl Bénédictine D.O.M.
3 dashes orange- and mandarine bitters
Lime zest

Stir with ice, strain into cocktail glass, garnish with lime zest.



Ewe (mystery box cocktail)
4 cl Don Julio Blanco Tequila
1,5 cl apple must
1,5 rhubarb syrup
1 cl punsch
2 cl lime juice

Shake with ice, strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Emil Åreng, photo: 8 ml Productions
Apollo Slip (qualification cocktail)
5 cl Ron Zacapa 23
27 ml bay leaf syrup
2 dashes Peychaud's Bitters
1 whole egg

Dry shake, shake with ice, double strain into chilled cocktail glass, sprinkle with almond and sea salt flakes.


Ingrid Bergman Margarita (mystery box cocktail)
4 cl Don Julio Añejo Tequila
2 cl OP Anderson Aquavit
2 barspoons cloudberries
½ teaspoon sweet mustard
2 cl simple syrup
3 cl lime juice

Shake with ice, double strain into chilled cocktail glass.

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