Brace Position

The Swedish cherries are here, and we wanted that to permeate this post. While not using the cherries in the actual cocktail they made a perfect side snack to be enjoyed together with the drink.

Assembly Cocktail

Cognac in cocktails – yes we think it works really well. There is something luxurious with Cognac isn’t there, just like with Champagne.

Lido Shuffle

Bubbly, pale pink, low ABV – what more could you ask for a hot summer day in Sweden?

Sacrilege

This cocktail was boozy, complex and elegant. Perhaps more of an autumn or winter cocktail, we still didn’t mind sipping it on a beautiful summer evening.

Jaguar

This recipe uses Amer Picon which is a bittersweet French orange-flavored aperitif. It is a common bottle throughout Europe, less so in the USA.

Stressed jigger

As many great cocktail books derive from America the jiggers we use measure ounces rather than centiliters. We use two different jiggers, both from Cocktail Kingdom. The first jigger measures 2 oz and 1 oz. The second jigger measures...

Gin & Tonic

Is there something as classic as a Gin & Tonic on a hot summer day? It's highly enjoyable under a parasol on the patio. You can try it with different gins, different tonics or even try to make your own. Its fun...

Book: Distilled

It's nice to use high quality spirits when mixing cocktails. In later years there's been a boom of crafted spirits in smaller batches. It's not only about the big brands anymore (although these also can be good of course).

A beautiful...

Tobacco Road

This is the cocktail we originally bought Cynar for and now is the time to try it out. Tobacco Road combines smoky mezcal with herbal cynar and dry sherry. Lately we have come across several cocktails with sherry instead of...

A stocked fridge – enabling Diki Diki

So, it's hot in Stockholm at the moment! Better keep some bottles in the fridge in case of a sudden cocktail party!

With a chilled bottle of calvados the vintage "Diki Diki" cocktail can be created:

 

1,5 oz calvados

0,5 oz...

Book: Gin & Tonic

A Gin & Tonic is one of the most iconic cocktails out there. It is super easy to do, just pour some gin and top up the glass with tonic water. However, with all crafted gin brands, and small batch tonics available...

Niklas – Stockholm

Niklas Ekstedt is a famous Swedish chef with a handful of self-owned restaurants throughout Sweden. All of them are focused at food, but the bar at restaurant Niklas is interesting on its own. Their cocktail "Smoke That Flower" is a fascinating mix of pisco...

Pisco Sour

Pisco is not the easiest spirit to find in Sweden, but we bought a bottle at well stocked www.astorwines.com in New York during a recent travel. Yesterday we did a classic "Pisco Sour" and were surprised by the fruitiness of this South...

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We are Joakim & Mattias, cocktail mixing amateurs. Cocktail Detour is about this love for craft cocktails, and how we scout them around the world’s best bars.