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A Gin Blossoms

Holland's famous malt spirit makes a comeback

AMSTERDAM—Genever, a type of gin created in the 16th century by blending malt wine, neutral alcohol and botanicals, is Holland’s most distinctive homegrown spirit. By the late 20th century, however, it had fallen out of fashion among young Dutch drinkers, who’d moved on to cocktails made with vodka and rum (mojitos have been huge for a while now). But in recent years Bols, the country’s largest genever producer, has been spearheading a revival, encouraging students at its bartending academy in Amsterdam to start playing with the stuff. At Door 74—Amsterdam’s first speakeasy-style bar—head barkeep Timo Janse (pictured above) gets creative with his stash.

Hopscotch to Holland

1 1/2 oz. genever
1 1/2 oz. Lillet Blanc
3/4 oz. green Chartreuse
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
2 dashes grapefruit bitters

1. Mix all ingredients in a shaker and shake vigorously.

2. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a grapefruit peel.

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