There's no shortage of unique gins on the market. These days the variety can be overwhelming. But if we had to suggest you experiment with something new, we suggest reaching for a Genever.
The predecessor to modern day gin, Genever (pronounced 'gin-KNEE-ver'), is made from a base of malt wine, most commonly a rye, wheat and corn distillate. Bols Genever is triple distilled in copper pot stills, that is then blended with a unique bouquet of traditional Genever botanicals (hops, cloves, anise, licorice, ginger, juniper amongst many others) and aged for at least 18 months.
But Bols has recently released a Barrel-Aged Genever, that is stored for more than two years in French limosin oak casks. This maturation process imparts a pale, golden color and rich, oaky flavor the genever.
cocktail mixing glass
Combine all ingredients except lemon zest in a cocktail mixing glass and stir to chill. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Express oils from the lemon peel into the glass before dropping it into the cocktail to garnish.