(After) Dinner Cocktails
Aperitif and digestif, both two of our favorite cocktail moments. You want to know why? Three words: Stimulate your senses.
An aperitif is a drink usually served to get that stomach going. Accompanied by some small canapes, your appetite will be stimulated so you will ready to dig in on the feast after. The best aperitif is usually dry, rather than sweet. Think about champagne, white wine or a dry cocktail like the Elderflower Spritz or try the refreshing Ginger Mule.
The word ‘aperitif’ is a French word derived from the Latin verb ‘aperire’, meaning ‘open’. Some sources say that the aperitifs have existed since at least the fifth century, but the real aperitif as we know it these days was introduced by Turin distiller Antonio Carpano who invented vermouth.
Light aperitif is perfect for setting the mood
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After dinner delight
Dinner is over and it’s time to sit back, relax and get that digestion going. This is the moment to bring out the digestifs. There are many styles of digestifs, but they are often characterized by a high alcohol content with a deep, rich flavor profile. It can be drunk next to dessert, instead of a dessert or even after a dessert. For example, it’s common to drink it next to your coffee, which some of us might love after a heavy meal. But why not mix your beloved coffee into a digestif and make a delicious Espresso Martini?
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Intimate moments with an Espresso Martini
Invented by bartender Dick Bradsell, the Espresso Martini was designed to get a certain young supermodel up and running again. And the Espresso Martini sure does get you back up your feet! The delicious combination of Bols Coffee liqueur, Bols Vodka and freshly brewed espresso gives this cocktail a double kick. One from caffeine and the second from the vodka. These two powerhouses are joined in harmony by the Bols Coffee liqueur and sugar syrup. This makes the Espresso Martini an endless fascination cocktail and a perfect drink as a digestive.
Red Light Negroni
Bittersweet and beautifully complex. This Negroni is lined with botanicals and orange, with a smooth malty finish. Those who have fallen victim to the charms of this true Italian staple know it’s all about the delicate balance of flavors. Amsterdam might have a slightly less subtle reputation, but its rough-edged beauty and cut-to-the-chase mentality are admired by people far and wide. Our Red Light Negroni is an ode to two cultures, a perfectly complex mix of bitter, malty, sweet and fruity notes.
Tangy, refreshing and blue as the day is long. Arguably one of the world’s most famous cocktails, found in many different colors, shapes and sizes. Our version is of the blue kind, and carries the taste of aromatic oranges. A little confusing, but don’t be fooled, this Margarita means business. It is made with our beloved Blue Curaçao, lime and a good splash of tequila. It is meant for sunny days with friends, music and a splash in the pool!
Very Old Fashioned
The alpha and omega of mixology, seductive, intense and beautifully complex. If there is one cocktail-recipe to nail, it is that of the Old Fashioned. Traditionally made with Bourbon, the old fashioned has rightfully become a category of its own, showcasing whatever base-spirit is used to create it. Ours is composed of Angostura bitters, sugar and Bols Barrel Aged Genever, and it is every bit as tasty as you would hope.
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