Daily Drink: Improved New Holland Gin Cocktail

I don’t know why this is “improved” or “new” because it’s a very old recipe.  And I agree that few home bartenders will have any of these things at home, but sometimes, it’s just good to know what’s out there.  This cocktail dates back to the 1800’s and Professor Jerry Thomas, who some claim invented the cocktail. It’s super boozy — just like Thirsty Jane loves.  The maracschino and the absinthe pump up the botanicals, as if an old genever doesn’t have enough. Sweet, bitter, malty, with overtones of anise.  The honey’s verdict:  “It’s yummy!  Very interesting.”  Thirsty Jane’s verdict:  “Bring on the family!”



3 oz. Old genever (I used Bols)

.5 oz. maraschino liqueur (I used Luxardo)

1 bar spoon absinthe (I used St. George)

1 bar spoon simple syrup (I was out so I just muddle a little water and 1/2 of a sugar cube together)

Stir and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.

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