We had the privilege of chatting with Ramon, @koktailmesiter from Amsterdam who let us in on all there is to know about his country’s cocktail culture. Don’t miss this special #ScrappysInternational feature – his drink won’t disappoint. Check it out below!👇
Describe your country’s cocktail culture
I grew up with my parents telling me the classic Dutch saying ‘Just act normal, and you’ll act crazy enough that way already!’ This has long been a common attitude in the Netherlands, whose citizens are typically a bunch of pragmatists who like to keep things simple. I think that this motto has long translated into bar culture, where simple drinks like beers and neat spirits like genever (sometimes combined in what’s affectionately called a ‘little headbutt’) were the norm, and cocktails were considered unnecessarily fiddly and flamboyant – certainly not in line with keeping things simple. This seems to be slowly changing, though. Some excellent bars are popping up and doing great things, and the Dutch are starting to become more interested. I can’t wait to see how things develop from here!
How does your culture/environment influence your work and the featured cocktail specifically?
I love tiki for its escapism as well as for its delicious, complex drinks featuring many different ingredients. As you can imagine, neither of these things work particularly well with the ‘just act normal’ and ‘keep it simple’ mantras, and that is exactly why I’ve chosen to use it here. For this drink, I riffed on my favorite Zombie recipe and subbed two different Dutch old genevers for the usual rums. Combining these quintessentially Dutch no-nonsense spirits with the wonderfully complex tiki style and long list of ingredients results in a fantastic malty take on a delicious tropical drink. While pragmatism might run in my Dutch genes, it just goes to show – sometimes acting a little crazy is exactly what the doctor ordered.
The Zombie Gene(ver)
1 oz Rutte 12 Dutch Old Genever
1 oz Bols Dutch Old Genever
3/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice
3/4 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
3/4 oz Cinnamon syrup
3 dashes Scrappy’s Grapefruit Bitters
1/2 tsp Zombie Mix (Absinthe, Orange Curacao, Falernum, and Grenadine)
Shake everything with crushed ice and open pour into glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and any other tiki paraphernalia you can find!
Posted: Tuesday, January 28th, 2020 at 7:13 pm