Going Dutch

There are so many adjectives and nouns in the language, that naming cocktails should offer boundless opportunities for fresh names. Yet there seem to be certain names that crop up over and over for very different drinks. One such example was my tipple for Monday. I made a Flying Dutchman.

The recipe I used called for the following:
1.5 oz Bols Genever
0.75 oz Yellow Chartreuse
0.75 oz Benedictine
0.75 oz Lemon juice.

My half lemon was slightly less than the requested quantity, so the drink was probably a bit sweeter than intended, but still delightful. The Bols Genever is made like a traditional Dutch Gin, drier, more subtle than modern versions and that helped offset the sweet herbal notes of the two liqueurs.

Searching for Flying Dutchman recipes, reveals very different drinks.
2 oz Gin
1 tsp Triple Sec
(which sounds way too sweet and too much like drinking neat Gin)

5 parts Gin
1 part Vermouth
1 dash Orange Curaçao
(A Martini, with Curaçao in place of bitters, or the previous recipe but with Vermouth depending on your point of view)

2 ounces orange gin
1/4th an orange, juiced (about 3/4 ounce)
1/4th a lemon, juiced (about 1/2 ounce)
3 dashes Angostura bitters
(Very different from the previous variations, and dependent on a flavoured Gin that I have not seen in stores)

2½ fl oz Bols Genever
¼ fl oz Cointreau triple sec
2 dash Orange bitters
¾ fl oz Chilled mineral water
(Back to the same Dutch style Gin, uses Triple Sec as did a couple of previous drinks, but the mineral water adds a further twist)

This does suggest that I could have a Flying Dutchman every night for a week and drink something each time; although they do all at least share a Gin base.

Published in: on 22 April, 2013 at 18:07  Leave a Comment  

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