When you visit a new place as a traveler, one of the things you will want to do is to have a taste of their cuisines and drinks. There are several brands of drinks in the Netherlands which includes beer, alcoholic bitters, Dutch gins, as well as wines and can be bought in cafes and bars all day. Jenever, also known as Genever is a strong native gin that derives its name from the Dutch Word ‘Juniper’. Distilled from grains, the Juniper berry gives the liquor its unique taste. There are actually two major types of Jenever- JongeJenever (young) and Oude Jenever (old). Some varieties of Oude Jenever are aged; it is called old because it is produced in an old style. The Oude Jenever as a result of its method of production is smoky and sweet and can be compared to whiskey. Jonge jenever, on the other hand, is a more neutral liquor (spirit) that is comparable to traditional gin and vodka. It can either be taken straight and chilled or mixed with vermouth or coke. Whichever way you prefer taking it, Jenever is one Dutch drink that you wouldn’t want to miss during your stay in the Netherlands. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
Almost every bar, if not all in the country has some nice selection of gins behind their counter. The Dutch enjoy drinking their gin with the addition of tonic, and there are a few tonic flavors options you can select. You can get some exotic tonics in bars and liquor stores such as strawberry and watermelon. These Dutch drinks are best taken during those humid summer nights. Some popular brands include Rutte Celery Gin, Bobby’s Schiedam Dry Gin, and Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin. It is definitely worth to give it a try on the local gin distilleries and taste this amazing drink. As long as you get there try to find more traditional places to have a drink as a Dutch. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
The first thing that may likely come to mind when you think of the Netherlands (Dutch in particular) is their Beer. The popular beer drinks across the country and even the world are Heineken, and Amstel and they are commonly ordered Dutch drinks. People also order beer styles such as ‘biertje’ and ‘Pils’ which are usually served in a small glass of pilsner (European-style). Apart from the very popular beer styles, Dutch also relish traditional beer varieties like witbier and bokbier. The Netherlands has a specific tradition to beers, and as it is the case in most European countries you can start drink beers early in the afternoon or even better the whole day, especially in a hot summer day. It is absolutely necessary to taste their traditional beers in the first place. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
Advocaat is another local Dutch alcoholic drink that can either be drunk on its own or included in a variety of desserts and cocktails. It is made from eggs, brandy, and sugar and it is well-known for its rich and creamy taste, which seems more than a custard. Snowball is a popular cocktail in the country that is made with Advocaat- half of the Advocaat is mixed with half of the lemonade. Advocaat is obviously a common beverage in the United Kingdom, especially in winter. In the Netherlands, the Advocaat cocktail is served with whipped cream and cocoa powder as toppings. It has a strong flavour, so before you taste it make sure that you can drink it. Also, the alcohol percentage is pretty high, which makes it an evening drink. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
‘Orange’ Bitters is an important drink in the Netherlands. This liqueur was produced in the 1600s in honor of Prince Frederik Hendrik as he won several battles. This favorite drink for King’s Day derived its fame from Willem I of ‘Orange’ during the 1800s. You can find the Orange Bitters in the most liquor stores in the country. It is produced by oranges from Seville, which makes it really tasteful and rich in flavour. The taste is strong and bitter, as it is named, but once you go to the Netherlands is a drink that you can taste everywhere, and the most important is not that alcoholic as other Dutch drinks.