Bar High Five pop-up bar and Zdenek Kastanek at Little Quarter

The last couple of months, Stockholm’s cocktail aficionados have been blessed with a number of international spirits industry celebrities, and on November 19th there was not one, but two different exclusive events with exceptional cocktail making.

Hidetsugu Ueno

Thanks to Bartenders’ Choice Awards, a very limited amount of people could pretend they were in Tokyo at Hidetsugu Ueno’s famous Bar High Five. A room at recently opened Scandic Grand Central had been transformed into a small bar in which six people were allowed in each time for an hour-long session which included a demonstration of Ueno’s ice carving skills – and with a little luck also a sip of one, two or all three cocktails of the evening. While the drinks were rather unspectacular, I was very impressed with Ueno’s carving of an ice ball and also an ice diamond.

The unusual venue together with Uneo’s perfect example of Japanese bartending made this pop up-bar a very nice experience and a great start of the evening – which continued at Little Quarter, where Zdenek Kastanek, bar manager at Quo Vadis in London, was slinging drinks courtesy of Bacardi. One of the highlights was to try his Bacardi Legacy competition cocktail – La Hermosa. Not too far from a Mai Tai, yet rather unique and refreshing – great stuff. For those of you who couldn’t make it to Little Quarter – here’s the recipe:

La Hermosa
60 ml Bacardi
20 ml Manzanilla sherry
15 ml Triple sec
20 ml fresh lemon juice
12,5 ml Orgeat
4 dashes Yellow Chartreuse

Swizzle in a highball glass over crushed ice, top with crushed ice. Garnish with lemon zest (discard), mint sprig and lemon wedge.

Zdenek Kastanek entertaining guests at Little Quarter

To sum things up – an incredible evening with great drinks and fantastic people! The next day it was time for the Stockholm Bacardi Legacy competition finals, but more about that in another post…

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