This Cocktail Enthusiast original starts with the unique flavor of Bols Genever, which is a Holland-made spirit that blends a wheat, corn and rye distillate with a juniper berry distillate. Genever’s a predecessor to today’s gin, but it also sports properties similar to unaged whiskey, and the flavor is rich and malty.
The below cocktail, dubbed the Blue Genever, is a well-balanced drink that adds citrus, sugar and herbs to a Genever and blueberry backbone.
1 1/2 ounces Bols Genever
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
5-6 leaves of pineapple sage
1 dash orange bitters
Muddle blueberries in mixing glass. Press sage leaves to release essential oils, and add to the glass with the remaining ingredients. Shake with ice, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with blueberries and sage.