Skip to main content

4 Genever Cocktail Recipes to Get You Acquainted with the Spirit

If you’re unfamiliar with genever, now is a great time to get acquainted with the spirit. You may have heard that it’s similar to gin, and while they do both contain juniper — in fact, the word genever translates to juniper — it’s probably better to think of genever as an older cousin, as it dates back to the 13th century, making it about 500 years older than the gin you’re familiar with today. Unlike gin, the spirit starts with a non-neutral base like malt before it’s infused or distilled again with a number of botanicals. It can be bottled as is after distillation or barrel aged to give it a deeper flavor.

Genever’s bold, earthy taste is great for fans of more robust spirits, but if you’re new to it, cocktails are a great way to get to know it better. Here, four bartenders mix up delicious drinks made with genever. Try them at home, and you’ll likely find a favorite new bottle for your bar.

Related Videos

If Bond Were a Dutchman

if bond were a dutchman dutch ale house
Dutch Ale House

(Created by Derek Williams, The Dutch Ale House, Saugerties, New York City) 

Genever can be infused like any other spirit to give it a more complex flavor. “This is a fun play on the Vesper Martini, showcasing the deep, malty qualities of the Bols and the herbaceous traits of the Cap Corse and Zubrowka Bison Grass vodka,” Williams says.

  • 2.5 oz Burnt orange-infused Bols Genever*
  • .75 oz Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka
  • .75 oz L.N. Mattei Cap Corse Aperitif Blanc
  • Rolled orange peel, for garnish

Method: In an ice-filled mixing glass, combine the first three ingredients and stir. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with a skewered orange pinwheel.

*For the bunt orange-infused genever: Take the peels of two whole oranges, and carefully char them with a kitchen torch until uniformly blackened. Add those to the genever along with the peel of one raw orange. Let sit overnight before the first use, but leave the peel in the bottle to develop the flavors deeper.

Captain Barnacles

Captain Barnacles Stay Gold
Stay Gold

(Created by Kacie Lambert, Stay Gold, New York City)

“Captain Barnacles is a Highball spin-off of a Salty Dog that was built with Old Duff Genever in mind,” Lambert says. “The light and refreshing notes that come from our house grapefruit cordial, mixed with the smooth malted components in Old Duff, makes for a refreshing yet savory cocktail.”

  • 1 oz Old Duff Genever
  • 1 oz Ford’s Gin
  • 1 oz house-made grapefruit cordial*
  • 6 dashes saline solution
  • Soda water, to top
  • Grapefruit peel, for garnish

Method: Add all ingredients, save for the garnish, to a highball glass filled with ice. Top with soda water and garnish with a grapefruit peel.

*Grapefruit cordial: Mix the peels of two grapefruits in a bowl with .5 cup sugar. In a separate bowl, mix the peels of two additional grapefruits with .5 cup vodka. Let both bowls sit for one day. Combine the contents of both bowls and add the juice of four lemons. Stir for about 10 minutes and fine strain into a clean container. Will keep in the fridge for one month.

The Genger Bread Man

genger bread man ever bar
Ever Bar

(Created by Dan Rook, Ever Bar, Los Angeles)

  • 1 oz Bols Genever
  • .75 oz Faretti Biscotti Famosi
  • .25 oz Bonolli Amaro Of
  • .5 oz ginger syrup
  • .25 oz cinnamon syrup
  • Dash of absinthe
  • Gingerbread crumbs, for garnish

Method: Combine all ingredients (except gingerbread crumbs) in a shaker with ice. Shake thoroughly and strain into a glass of your choosing. Garnish with gingerbread crumbs. You can also dust the rim of the glass with fine crumbs or garnish with a whole cookie if desired.

Mr. Sunshine

mr sunshine tinker to evers
Tinker to Evers

(Created at Tinker to Evers, Chicago) 

  • 1.5 oz Bols Genever
  • 1 oz Bigallet Thyme Liqueur
  • .75 oz lemon juice
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Lemon peel, for garnish

Method: Add all ingredients to a shaker tin with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a Nick and Nora glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.

Editors' Recommendations

These foods high in melatonin will help you sleep better
Get a better sleep naturally by eating these 9 melatonin foods
Hands holding wine grapes.

Getting a quality night's sleep becomes more and more of a challenge as we age. Some of us have tried blackout curtains, sleep masks, weighted blankets, or any number of supplements promising better rest. If you're looking for an all-natural solution, though, melatonin is the way to go. Melatonin is a hormone produced naturally in the pineal gland in the brain. Among several functions, melatonin plays a key role in regulating the body’s circadian rhythms, or sleep-wake cycles. Accordingly, the pineal gland produces more melatonin when the sun goes down, and levels dip at daybreak. Foods high in melatonin or even melatonin supplements are a popular way to increase the concentration of melatonin and possibly improve the quality and quantity of sleep.
Melatonin supplements are typically non-habit-forming and safe for adults and children in doses of around 0.5 to 5 milligrams. However, melatonin supplements may cause drowsiness, nausea, and dizziness, and they can interfere with certain medications.

Fortunately, if you’re looking to support your body’s own natural melatonin levels but you don’t want to rely on supplements, there are several sleep-aid foods that contain melatonin. Adding any of these foods high in melatonin to your dinner plate or bedtime snack routine may help regulate your sleep patterns over time and help you get more restful sleep. Though little nutritional data exists about the specific concentration of melatonin in different foods, the following foods are known to be particularly high in melatonin.

Read more
The 8 best protein shakes that are ready-to-go
These shakes come with all the good stuff, and none of the crap

With as busy as we have become as a society, we always seem to be on the go. This can make life challenging, especially when it comes to wellness goals. In a perfect world, you could hit the gym hard, crush a workout, then immediately refuel with a balanced, home-cooked meal. But, since life happens and we are always on the go, it’s not always feasible to take the time to actually cook up a muscle-building meal right after your workout. Whether you’re on the go and short on time, or just can't stomach a full meal after exercising, having a quick and easy, protein-packed option that doesn’t require kitchen time, is a helpful alternative to refuel your body and maximize your results.

This is where protein shakes come in handy. Numerous ready-to-drink shakes are available that provide muscle-building protein, vitamins, minerals, and calories to fortify your body after a workout. They offer the benefits of protein powders with the convenience of eliminating the need for a shaker bottle, or high-speed blender, let alone making a mess with powders. Simply give the bottle a quick shake, pop the top, and you’re good to go.

Read more
The 7 best CBD-infused drinks we tried in 2023
These tasty CBD-infused drinks will have you feeling calmer in no time
Cans o RisEau cbd drinks.

Cannabidiol, or CBD, has been hot for a while now, making its way into everything from CBD teas to a variety of CBD coffee brands. If you're wondering "what is CBD?" — it's a naturally occurring compound present in cannabis plants. According to the World Health Organization, it's not addictive, has a solid safety profile, and won't get you high. In clinical trials, it's been effective in the treatment of epilepsy and shows promise in treating a number of other conditions.

In addition to CBD-infused water, tea, soda, and seltzer, another growing trend is CBD-infused nonalcoholic spirits and cocktails. The adult beverage market is flooded with CBD products promising to help you relax, sleep, destress, and mellow out, all without the hangover you'd get from booze (CBD is considered a controlled substance and can't be legally added to booze, at least not yet). We've rounded up a few of our favorite CBD-infused drinks below, from CBD cocktails to CBD water, so you can work your relaxation into your daily routine no matter where you are.

Read more