Genever has been produced in Holland for over 400 years and could be seen as the ancestor of gin. Today, genever is often seen as the drink of the elderly, something only your grandfather will enjoy. I think this product deserves more appreciation, which is why I’ve started writing a book on this traditional Dutch spirit. In this article I give you a little sneak preview of my upcoming ‘Dutch Courage’ book, explaining what genever exactly is, and how you can make three tasty cocktails with it.
Simply put, genever is made out of three components; malt wine, alcohol and water.
The first ingredient, the malt wine, is made from grains such as wheat, rye and corn. The big difference between genever and the gin in your G&T is the addition of this malt wine. The recipe for malt wine was passed on from father to son and it forms the heart of the genever. It gives genever its flavour and character and it is something the British were unable to replicate. Read More
The first lady bartender who I wanted to introduce to you is Grazia Di Franco. I’ve met this talented lady for the first time while I was in the south of Italy, in a place called Marina di Ravenna.
Jimmy Bertazzoli invited Timo Janse and myself to do a guestbartending shift at Mo.Wa, his caipirinha-loving cocktailbar. Grazia showed us where we could find all the ingredients, Timo and me were just playing around behind the bar while making some of our signature drinks, and Jimmy drank them all. Read More
Matching food with wine has been done for centuries and even pairings with beer aren’t that refreshing nowadays. ShakingSupper is the first event in the Netherlands where we pair food with cocktails.
For over a year now I’ve been hosting ShakingSupper, my own foodpairing event at Supperclub in Amsterdam. They give me the freedom to create a signature night filled with lovely food & cocktail pairings and performers of all sorts. The beautiful dj’s Tamore and Sheila Hill are booked on a regular basis and Tatjana van Onna, the Dutch queen of pole dancing, has also been showing off some of her tricks in the past.
ShakingSupper is a night to remember with the dishes being served while you’re relaxing on the beds and pillows, sipping your cocktail and a massage therapist is giving you a foot rub. What is there not to love? Read More
Magic Margaritas Sours
Just the other week, I found myself on the couch together with my girlfriend, craving Mexican food and Margaritas. Back when we were in Bali, we’ve tried lots and lots of different Margarita cocktails and once home, I tried to fine tune my signature Margarita recipe. What I ended up doing was actually making a combination of a classic Margarita and a sour, so let’s just call it a Margarita Sour 😉
Last Wednesday my alarm went off very, very early. My ride, including the lovely Florence van der Poel, was waiting in front of my house at 7 am to take me to Eindhoven. 1,5 hours and some coffee cravings later, we arrived at the Albert Heijn XL Future Store. This new store was about to be opened and this wasn’t possible without some nice refreshments & bites on the side.
Dilmah has been available in Albert Heijn stores throughout the Netherlands for over a year now. To celebrate the occasion of opening up AH’s first Future Store, I’ve created a non-alcoholic cocktail with Dilmah tea to hand out to all the store staff and their customers. It’s a quite easy to reproduce at home recipe, so ‘do try it’! Read More
While my friends in America are freezing their tits off, things aren’t that much better here in Amsterdam. There is no snow but the view might be even more depressing. Rain, alternated with hail, and bicycles blown away due to the strong winds.
To keep you nice and warm these winter days, I’ve made you a very easy recipe for Chocolate Rummm. Yes, with the extra m, because it’s yummy 😉
To prepare 2 serves of this hot choco for adults, you’ll need the following. Read More
Yesterday was the first day of Horecava 2015 in Amsterdam. This convention is held every year at Amsterdam Rai and is aimed at the Dutch hospitality industry. It covers anything from fancy fridges to gluten free sandwiches and the latest alcoholic inventions, this year from the 12th of January till the 15th. The recent years Read More
While writing my masters thesis for Sociology, I’ve collected a lot of information on genever which I couldn’t use in my research. I’d like to share this information with you and discover a lot more together. In this ‘Genever Journey’ category, I’ll explore the different types and brands of genever which are available to us Read More