A Sour Cocktail with a Genever Twist

A Bijen Sour Cocktail
Photo by Penny de Los santos/ Styling by Frances Boswell

Courtesy Ivar de Lange, global education manager and ambassador, Lucas Bols, Amsterdam

In the early 19th century, the Dutch began to ship genever to the U.S., where a large population of expatriates had settled. By 1880, considered the first golden age of cocktails, approximately one in four cocktails mixed in America was made with genever, according to legacy producer Bols. But after two world wars and Prohibition, the spirit all but disappeared from the U.S. This drink riffs on the classic Bee’s Knees cocktail. Bijen means “bees” in Dutch.

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Bijen Sour

  • 2 ounces genever, like Bols Genever
  • ¾ ounce honey syrup (2 parts honey, dissolved in 1 part hot water)
  • ¾ ounce lemon juice
  • Lemon peel, for garnish

Combine all ingredients except garnish in cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well, and strain into coupe glass. Garnish with lemon peel.

Published on August 8, 2019
About the Author
Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She’s the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip., NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening and Cocktails With a Twist, released August 2019. Email: spirits@wineenthusiast.net

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