The Spirit(s) World

Bols Genever, makers of what was called “Holland Gin” in the 1860s when a former sailer and gold-miner, Jeremiah P. Thomas, was asked by Dick & Fitzgerald, a New York publisher, to help with a book of recipes for the popular mixed drinks of the day because he was then a highly respected Manhattan bartender. The book, believed to be the very first bartenders’ guide, was “How to Mix Drinks, or the Bon Vivant’s Companion.”

Among the 200 recipes included were some cocktails created using Genever – 12 drinks that explicitly called for “Holland” gin. This recipe was one of them:

The Gin Cocktail

2 Parts Bols Genever

¼ part Simple Syrup

3 dashes of Angostura Bitters

Served over ice.

Enjoy this American Classic cocktail all these years later!


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