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.
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.