Genever - the next big bartenders' essential

Last week at Bar Convent Berlin (BCB) we were delighted to be a part of the genever revival. During the gin hype the time is now to pay tribute to genever - the father of all gins. 

For the first time since the birth of BCB, there were numerous seminars on genever (known also as jenever, Dutch Courage or Holland Gin). Among them was a tasting by Philip Duff and Alex Kratena, and a revolutionary seminar by six traditional Dutch distillers (Boompjes, Zuidam, Wenneker, De Borgen, Bobby's and Bols) who joined forces to tell the story of genever and its modern implication. The seminar was presented by two of the founding fathers of the Jerry Thomas Project, Leonardo Leuci and Antonio Parlapiano. In their notorious bar in Rome they have more than 100 genever brands and are big fans of the category and its birthplace – The Netherlands.

Introducing The Bogi - Boompjes genever mixed with refreshing ginger ale, mint leaves and a slice of lime. Inspired from the Dutch "borrel", a typical Dutch thing, and as the dictionary would say - an informal social gathering, usually done after work. 

Introducing The Bogi - Boompjes genever mixed with refreshing ginger ale, mint leaves and a slice of lime. Inspired from the Dutch "borrel", a typical Dutch thing, and as the dictionary would say - an informal social gathering, usually done after work. 

At Onder de Boompjes, we have been busy with genever for the past 340 years and recently we have started a campaign with international bartenders to bring the use of genevers in classic cocktails to life.

In our distillery in Schiedam we use traditional genever ingredients like juniper, angelica, licorice and coriander seeds.

But we are not the only ones busy with that. Bartenders have been re-inventing genever for some time now. Here is what some of them shared with us.

Lennart Deddens often uses genever as a replacement for gin, but he can also be found using old genever to replace bourbon or scotch. “I like to flip through antique cocktail books like Jerry Thomas and Harry Johnson’s Bartender’s Manual and make my own twist on their drinks which demand for Holland gin,” says Lennart. Gin Julep and John Collins are among these drinks.

Lennart Deddens often uses genever as a replacement for gin, but he can also be found using old genever to replace bourbon or scotch. “I like to flip through antique cocktail books like Jerry Thomas and Harry Johnson’s Bartender’s Manual and make my own twist on their drinks which demand for Holland gin,” says Lennart. Gin Julep and John Collins are among these drinks.


Tess, from Door 74, says you can do a lot with genever, especially in the classic recipes. “I love making a Martinez or an original genever Collins, especially for the summer, it’s a very approachable cocktail and people can make it at home,” says Tess.

Tess, from Door 74, says you can do a lot with genever, especially in the classic recipes. “I love making a Martinez or an original genever Collins, especially for the summer, it’s a very approachable cocktail and people can make it at home,” says Tess.

“Nowadays a lot of bars like to recreate classic drinks. Gin has always been trendy, but if you look historically, genever was the main ingredient used in all the old cocktail recipe books,” says Chi-Ho from the Dr.

“Nowadays a lot of bars like to recreate classic drinks. Gin has always been trendy, but if you look historically, genever was the main ingredient used in all the old cocktail recipe books,” says Chi-Ho from the Dr.

“Some of us modernize the classic cocktail to fit the modern palette. I am more of a classic guy and I like to research how to use genever in those classic recipes,” says Guillermo, founder of HPS.

“Some of us modernize the classic cocktail to fit the modern palette. I am more of a classic guy and I like to research how to use genever in those classic recipes,” says Guillermo, founder of HPS.