A Genever Cocktail Perfect for Brunch

The Just Peachy cocktail
Photo by Penny de Los santos/ Styling by Frances Boswell

Courtesy Jessie Smyth, lead bartender, Genever, Los Angeles

Opt for a jonge, or “young,” genever for this refreshing variation of a French 75, since it more closely resembles gin. By comparison, oude, or “old,” genever contains more malt spirit and is more likely to have some color, often a result of barrel aging. Young-style genever is required to be crystal-clear, but it still holds up to the pronounced peach and basil notes. Smyth recommends this fruity sparkler as “perfect for brunch.”

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Just Peachy

  • 1½ ounces genever, like Boomsma Jonge
  • ½ ounce peach liqueur, like G.E. Massenez Crème de Pêche
  • ½ ounce honey syrup (2 parts honey dissolved in 1 part hot water)
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 3–4 fresh basil leaves, plus one for garnish
  • Champagne or dry sparkling wine, to top

Combine first 5 ingredients in cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well, then strain into large coupe glass. Top with Champagne or other dry sparkling wine. Briefly slap remaining basil leaf against palm to release aromatic oils, then float atop drink.

Published on August 8, 2019