Book review: Cocktails by Jimmy Dymott

Most people in Stockholm who are into craft cocktails probably know who Jimmy Dymott is. He's definitely one of the most important people in Sweden when it comes to bringing back quality, no shortcut drinks, artisanal ingredients and making the bartender profession something to be proud of. After having been in the business for more than 15 years, travelling back and forth to New York and London for inspiration, and opening and running several of the best and most talked about bars in Stockholm, Jimmy is now the mastermind behind the bars at renowned Marie Laveau, including the internationally recognized Little Quarter. If that wasn't enough, he's now also written and published the book Cocktails (in Swedish), which was released last year.

The book contains a brief history of cocktails and his own bartending background, info on everything an aspiring bartender needs to know to get started, as well as 60 cocktail recipes - both classics and his own signature drinks - together with fun and interesting anecdotes from his career and inspiring chapters on for instance the importance of ice and how to create your own signature drinks.

The book is very entertaining from start to finish, since it's not just a simple recipe book. The stories behind the cocktails together with the beautiful photography makes it a very well conceived, perfectly formatted book for anyone interested in craft cocktails and the history of the Stockholm cocktail scene. However, experienced bartenders might find much of the content too basic - but of course it doesn't hurt to be reminded now and then about what's most important regarding craft cocktails.

To read a 25 pages preview of the book, click here.

Here's one of Jimmy's most sought after cocktail recipes, the Juicy Fruit, one of the signature drinks from the opening of Grill back in 2003, which may be somewhat too sweet compared to the current palate, but give it a go - you won't regret it!

Photo: Ingvar Eriksson
Juicy Fruit
30 ml vanilla vodka
20 ml butterscotch schnapps
1/2 passion fruit
1/2 lemon, cut into cubes
1 handful mint leaves
20 ml passion fruit syrup

Muddle passion fruit, lemon and mint in an Old Fashioned-glass. Put some crushed ice on top, and add passion fruit syrup and vanilla vodka. Fill the glass with more crushed ice, top with butterscotch schnapps and garnish with a mint sprig.

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