I got my hands on a bottle of Bols Genever a few weeks ago. This precursor to gin is a complex distilled white spirit, blending a unique distillate called maltwine, with a secret blend of botanicals. Bols released it to the market last year, based on a recipe that's over two centuries old. If you're a gin lover like me, you may be taken aback at first taste, as genever is much different than London Dry Gin or the New Style gins. I find it earthier and heavier, and its weight and complexity allows it to stand up to equally multi-dimensional and heavier ingredients. Eventide in Arlington currently has a version of the classic Martinex on its cocktail menu, a tasty libation that gets a hefty dose of aromatics from spicy Vya Sweet Vermouth and two kinds of bitters. Feel free to flame the orange peel to up the citrus oils.
Dutch Martinez 1 oz Bols Genever 2 oz Vya Sweet Vermouth 2 dashes Angostura orange bitters 2 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters
Stir all with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a wide peel of orange.