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Sep 9, 2010 12:45 PM

Old Tom and Genever Gin Cocktails

I've grown to like gin a lot, starting with classic London dry style (Beefeater has been my go-to) and continuing to more of the new-style gins (like Hendrick's and Beefeater 24). Now I want to explore backwards to try Old Tom gin (Hayman's) and Genever (Bols) in cocktails. Searching previous threads for drinks using these styles of gin didn't offer very much. Beyond drinking either of them straight or Old Fashioned-style, would anyone have any suggestions for cocktails using either that I should try? Thanks.

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  1. Try a White Tulip. It's made exactly the same way as a classic martini, except that instead of dry gin and vermouth, you use Genever gin and Lillet. Same proportions.

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    1. re: Thorkel

      Great suggestion, thanks! I've really liked a 2:1 or 3:1 martini with Beefeater 24 and Lillet blanc, so this might be a good first use of the genever.
      As for the Old Tom, I've decided to make a Martinez with it tonight (equal parts Old Tom & rosso vermouth, 2 dashes maraschino, 1 dash orange bitters) and will see if it works.

      1. re: marais

        Yikes! Stay away from a martini mixed with a genever. Not a positive experience. I shudder.

        I've had a nice experience making a Sazerac with Anchor Distillery's Genevieve. The Bols genever has a very strong anise note that I think could work well with a Sazerac.

        The Martinez with the Old Tom (when you work through the Hayman's, move on to Ransom. Different and interesting) should be a winner.

        1. re: cacio e pepe

          It was a winner! The Martinez with the Hayman's Old Tom was stunning. Thanks for the advice re the Bols Genever.