Happy Friday everyone! I hope all of you Dutchies have everything in order for Sinterklaas tomorrow! It seems like this whole week has revolved around wrapping gifts and writing poems. Americans, you might want to check out this article to get a better understanding of this beloved Dutch holiday. In honor of the Sint, for this week's Gezellig Hour I utilized a very Dutch spirit, genever to create the Dutch Appletini. Don't confuse this cocktail with your typical candy-like martini, it's full bodied, spicy and complex.
If you're not familiar, Genever is a juniper flavored, traditional liquor of the Nethelands. There are two types of genever, oude (old) and jonge (young). I prefer old because it is malty, woody and smoky and reminds me of whisky. Young is more reminiscent of vodka. I used old for this recipe.
1/3 cup unfiltered apple juice
1.5 oz oude genever
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Dash of bitters
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/2 spring of rosemary
Add apple juice, genever, lemon juice, bitters, honey and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with rosemary sprig and lemon peel.