Thursday, January 27, 2011

Bols - The Authentic Genever

Bols Genever is a smooth, high quality spirit that can be enjoyed neat or in a variety of cocktails. Although Genever, an AOC protected category, can only be produced in Holland, its popularity has spread throughout the world. Bols Genever is composed of a triple distillate of rye, wheat and corn (what the Dutch call malt wine), which is then blended with a botanical and juniper berry distillate, resulting in a well balanced, full flavored spirit. Production of the original Bols Genever began in 1664, but in 1820, Bols introduced a revolutionary new genever recipe with a better balance of malt wine, neutral grain alcohol and botanicals. It resulted in a smoother, more subtle spirit which gained immese popularity during the rising cocktail craze in the US. In fact, during this time, bartenders used only four base distilled spirits for cocktails: brandy, rum, whisky and genever.

In 1862, celebrity bartender Jeremiah "Jerry" P. Thomas wrote the world's first cocktail and bartending book, titled "The Bar-tender's Guide or How To Mix Drinks". In this book, cocktail recipes appeared collected in print for the first time, immortalizing famous genever cocktails such as the Collins, along with forgotten classics like the Holland House.

Holland House:

1 3/4 oz Bols Genever
   3/4 oz dry vermouth
   1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
   1/4 oz Maraschino liqueur

Shake the ingredients with large ice cubes and double strain into a pre-chilled cocktail glass.

In recent years there has been a renewed interest in cocktail culture, and Bols Genever's authentic 1820 recipe allows bartenders to recreate the true classics as they were meant to taste, as well as invent new, interesting combinations. Its full bodied palate and rounded maltiness even fares well in traditional whisky drinks like the Manhattan (appropriately renamed the White Manhattan for its crystal clear color).

White Manhattan:

2 oz Bols Genever
1 oz blanc vermouth
2 dashes orange bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with an orange twist.

Aside from being an excellent cocktail ingredient, Bols Genever can also be enjoyed neat or on the rocks, so get your bottle today from DrinkUpNY!


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