Boomsma Oude Genever: What to make with it?
Searched around but there isn't much info out there about what to actually do with a barrel-aged oude genever (other than sip it neat, obviously). Anyone have any cocktails that use oude genever that they would recommend?
Most gin cocktails, especially older ones, will work quite well with it. Pegu Club, Negroni, Martinez, etc. It doesn't suit my taste in a Martini, but you might give it a try for experimental purposes.
Unlike the Bols product it isn't super-funky and won't take over. It is, however, slightly sweeter and heavier than dry gins so you might adjust down the sugar content slightly.
Here's a recipe I came up with a few years ago.
Uphill Each Way
2 oz. Genever
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
3/4 oz. turbinado simple syrup
3/4 oz. Pastis
1 dash Angostura bitters
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
A buddy of wine who's a spirits writer gets a lot of free samples and brought a bottle of Wigles' Ginever, which is technically not a true genever, but works in that style. I can say from experience, that it makes a lousy Rickey, so I'm guessing the same would hold true for genever.
This type of genever is very close to the type of gin they were using in the mid- to late-nineteenth century, when mixed drinks were evolving into the cocktails that we know now. Why not try the original "Cocktail" - 2 oz. Genever, a few dashes of aromatic bitters, 0.5 sugar or simple syrup, stirred with ice and strained into rocks glass.
My son took me to a bar and ordered me a Bittered Holland Sling (its uses the Oude Genever) and it was simply delicious.