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Dutch Heaven- 1.75 oz @BolsGenever, .75 oz grapefruit juice, .5 oz Maraschino, mint

 

Dutch Heaven:

1.75 oz. Bols Genever
.5 oz. Maraschino
.25 oz. grapefruit juice (white)
1 mint sprig

Shake with ice. Double strain into chilled cocktail glass.

After the Seventh Heaven I thought to experiment with swapping the gin for a genever. A very simple, smooth cocktail emerged. The mint is mellowed as it competes with the mead on the nose. The cocktail had a velvety (though pleasantly so), mouthfeel.The sip is multilayered mint, grapefruit, with the maraschino much less apparent on the swallow in comparison to the Seventh Heaven, again most likely due to the (friendly) competition of the mead and botanical flavors of the genever.

Breuckelen- 1 1/2 oz. @BolsGenever, 1/2. oz dry vermouth, 1/4 oz. maraschino, 1/4 oz. amer picon

Breuckelen:

1 1/2 oz. Bols Genever
1/2 oz. dry vermouth (Dolin)
1/4 oz. Maraschino (Luxardo)
1/4 oz. Amer Picon (Torani Amer)
Dash orange bitters (homemade

This cocktail gets it's name from The Village of Breuckelen in the Netherlands and later, the namesake for, the first "official" municipality in what became New York State, owned by the Dutch (Dutch West India Company) before losing ownership during the British conquest of New Netherlands. "Over time, the name evolved from Breuckelen, to Brockland, to Brocklin, to Brookline, to Brookland and eventually, to Brooklyn"

The drinks nose was mead/citrus from the genever and the bitter orange notes of the Amer. Sip warm like a whiskey and smoothed by the vermouth while retaining spicyness. Swallow funky maraschino tempered again by vermouth. Bitters adds complexity and mingles well with the botanicals of the genever.

The Big Apple- 1 oz Bols Genever, 1 oz Apple Brandy, 1 oz Sweet Vermouth, dash orange bitters

 

The Big Apple:


1 oz Bols Genever
1 oz Apple Brandy (Clear Creek)
1 oz Sweet Vermouth (Dolin)
1 dash homemade orange bitters

With all the riffing of white Manhattans taking place, I thought I would provide my own version. The Bols, closer in flavor to a whiskey than a gin, puts a spin on a great classic.


The apple brandy makes an excellent match with the malty flavors of the genever, almost like a hard cider. The vermouth provides the extra balance in sweetness, with the bitters tying it all together. Delicious.

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