Bols Around the Nordics cocktail competition in Stockholm

On September 17, I was at the Edrington headquarters here in Stockholm attending the Swedish finals of Bols around the Nordics competition. Twelve bartenders from around the country had qualified by submitting a cocktail recipe with either Bols Watermelon or Bols Elderflower, and now it was time for them to show off in front of a jury - who judged the taste, practicality and originality of the cocktail as well as presentation. For the finals, the contestants were able to choose between presenting their previously submitted cocktail or a completely new signature cocktail using any Bols liqueur and also Bols Genever.

After a long day of bar training and competing, the jury finally came to a verdict - and the two winners who impressed the judges the most and will represent Sweden in the Nordic finals in Amsterdam on November 12-13 are Robin Andersson (Punch, Halmstad) and Christoffer Johansson (Puta Madre, Gothenburg) - congratulations! The best bartender in the Nordics will then make it to the semi-final of the Bols Around the World competition in May 2014, so fingers crossed for Robin and Christoffer!

Christoffer Johansson and Robin Andersson, © Edrington
For your enjoyment, here are the winning recipes for you to try out for yourselves:

The Dutch Gentleman (Robin Andersson)
30 ml Bols Genever
20 ml Galliano Vanilla
30 ml Homemade gingerbread syrup with basil leaves, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, sugar, water and orange zest
1 dash Angostura Bitters
1 dash Angostura Orange Bitters
Flamed orange zest (garnish)

Stir and strain into rocks glass with one large ice cube.

The Golden Age (Christoffer Johansson)
30 ml Bols Genever
20 ml Maker's Mark bourbon
10 ml Del professore vermouth
5 ml Galliano Ristretto
3 dashes Peychaud's Bitter
2 dashes Snake oil Lavender Bitters
Maraschino cherries (garnish)

Stir and strain into cocktail glass.

The Golden Age / The Dutch Gentleman, © Edrington


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