Recipe: How to make this very Swedish summer cocktail

This Blackberry and elderflower cocktail from Swedish food writer John Duxbury is a perfect compliment to the summer weather, as is the alcoholic version.

Recipe: How to make this very Swedish summer cocktail
A Swedish blackberry and elderflower cocktail. Photo: Matthew Mead/TT

A lovely cocktail based on two ingredients which are popular in Sweden, although St Germain liqueur is produced in France. The non-alcoholic version is a refreshing drink on a warm late summer's afternoon when blackberries are at their best.


Makes: 1

Preparation: 2 Minutes


– If you haven't got a muddler, use a fork to mash the blackberries and sugar together

– If the blackberries are large, halve them and remove the core

– The berry bits float in the non-alcoholic version but sink in the alcoholic version. So you may prefer to serve the alcoholic version without a straw as it can get clogged up with bits.

– For a non-alcoholic version simply replace gin and St Germain with elderflower syrup.

Ingredients for the alcoholic version

2-6 blackberries, depending on size

½ tbsp. caster (superfine) sugar

10 ml (1/3 oz) fresh lemon juice, approximately half a small lemon

25 ml (3/4 oz) Bombay Sapphire gin

15 ml (1/2 oz) St Germain liqueur

Ice cubes

Soda water


1. Put the blackberries in an old fashioned glass (whisky tumbler/on the rocks glass), add sugar and muddle until all the sugar is dissolved

2. Add lemon juice, gin and St Germain.

3. Top up with ice cubes and soda water. Stir thoroughly.

4. Garnish with berries or a slice of lime, as desired

Recipe courtesy of John Duxbury, founder and editor of Swedish Food



Summer heat causes Swedish rail delays as tracks buckle

This weekend’s heatwave in Sweden proved troublesome for train passengers on the Sundsvall–Timrå route after buckled tracks resulted in disruptions.

Summer heat causes Swedish rail delays as tracks buckle
File photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Although Norrtåg reassured passengers that replacement buses would be provided on affected routes, national operator SJ experienced difficulties procuring enough buses, TT reported on Saturday.

The Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) said it expected the issue to be resolved by Sunday.

“We have three trains that will be redirected. They will be up to four hours late,” SJ press spokesperson Anders Edgren said on Saturday.

Another route, between Boden and Murjek, was also reported to have been disrupted by buckling on the tracks.

Although both routes were expected to be running normally on Sunday, travellers are advised to check journeys in advance.

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