We had the privilege of chatting with Evelina, @bipolarbartender from Sweden who let us in on all there is to know about her country’s cocktail culture.
Describe your country’s cocktail culture
I think Sweden as a whole is quite a curious country, albeit a little reserved. But if you look at Stockholm, for instance, the cocktail scene is thriving! Linje Tio/Tjoget is number 32 on World’s 50 Best Bars and there are countless others with high-quality cocktails and service. In the smaller cities cocktails are not as established as in the bigger ones, but when I worked as a bartender myself in a small town I could tell that many guests were intrigued to try.
How does your culture/environment influence your work and the featured cocktail specifically?
I didn’t really think it did at first, but thinking about it now I realize that I too am curious yet reserved in my cocktail making. In Swedish we have a word that best translates to “adequate” – lagom. It means that something is neither good or bad, too much or too little. It’s not necessarily a bad word, but it’s not a good one either. It’s just lagom. “Is the water too hot?” “No, it’s lagom”. As a swede it’s hard to stray away from that concept and break out of the lagom-comfort zone, but I think I’m doing okay!
2. 45ml Strawberry Gin
25ml Lime juice
10ml Simple Syrup
10 ml Lillet Blanc
1 dropper butterfly pea tea extract
3 dashes Scrappy’s Orange Bitters
Posted: Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 at 12:10 am