(New and) Improved Holland Cocktail

Apricot, granola, malt, roasted chestnut
Barrel-aged genever, French oak syrup, maraschino, absinthe, orange bitters

The Holland Cocktail gets its name from the base spirit, genever, a grain-based distillate from the Netherlands.  As the prototype for modern-day gin, genever was one of the most dominant spirits during the Golden Age, with some sources claiming the US imported six times as much genever as gin throughout the 1800s.  The malted, smooth flavors of genever are complemented by warm botanicals that make its ancestral connection to gin apparent. 

At West Main, we make our signature “New and Improved” Holland Cocktail with a touch of maraschino and absinthe.  The finished cocktail has warm notes of macadamia nuts, mace, hops, and day-old rye bread.  We like it served the “old-fashioned” way. 

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