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Bols: the world's oldest distilled brands

Lucas Bols (since 1575) is one of the world oldest distilled brands in the world. We have been mixing, distilling and blending for over 400 years. 
Old recipes became new, flavours and products are constantly refined and craftsmanship is what we stand for.

On you can discover cocktail recipesbuy your tickets for our Cocktail & Genever Experience in the House of Bolsbook a cocktail workshop or become a professional bartender with the courses in the Bols Bartending Academy.

Wanna create the best cocktails at home?  Learn about the different techniques, visit our blog page and buy your Bols products online in our webshop.


Cocktail blogs about the perfect cocktail moments, cocktail trends, tips and tricks to make the best cocktails at home, events and many more.. 

Foam it up! Egg whites vs. Aquafaba

So, you like cocktails with a nice, thick foam layer on top? Who doesn’t. But should you use classic egg whites or aquafaba? Tyron tells all!

History of the Cocktail

Where does the cocktail originate from? How did the cocktail get its name? Read more in this article!

Great cocktails with only three ingredients

Read all about Ivar's favorite cocktail recipes with only three ingredients. Easy to make at home or in your bar.

Cocktail Bartending Tips & Tricks

Read here all the basic tips and tricks for the beginning cocktail bartenders.

The hottest cocktail trends for 2018

Looking for the hottest cocktail trends for you bar? Our trendwatcher Tyron is here to help. Read about the cocktail trend for 2018 now!

Cocktail Bartender Tools

As a bartender you need to know what tool to use for which cocktail and also how to use these tools. Read it here!

6 cocktail Instagram accounts to follow

Get inspired by these amazing six cocktail Instagram accounts to follow.

Cocktail Glassware

A suitable glass for the relevant cocktail really finishes off the drink and intensifies the cocktail experience.

How to build a cocktail

Building a drink is simply pouring it right into the glass or cup in which it will be served. Watch here a short instruction video.

Let's talk tea and cocktails with Robert Schinkel

Tea (and cocktail) talk with Robert Schinkel during the first Bols Bartending Masterclass of the year.

How to shake a cocktail

Iconic for the bartending profession as a whole. You must be able to shake correctly. Learn how do it here!

The new low ABV trend: lowbols

This year is going to be all about low alcohol drinks. Read about this new trend!

How to stir a cocktail

James Bond movies never showed you stirring, we will!

What's up with the cocktail umbrella?

How come the paper umbrella has become synonymous for cocktails? Read about it in this blog!

How to layer a cocktail

Also known as pousse-cafes, these drinks are a sight for sore eyes! Learn here how to do it right.

Everyone’s favorite (New Years eve) party drink: The Punch

Find here the best recipe for everyone's favorite New Years eve party drink, The Punch!

How to muddle a cocktail

A little tender, love and care always helps while muddling your cocktail. Learn here how to do it right.

The 6 best cocktail Christmas gifts

What better Christmas gifts than gifts that can help you celebrate the holidays! Here are the 6 best cocktail Christmas gifts.

How to blend a cocktail

The Piña Colada, world's most famous blended cocktail. But how do we blend a cocktail? Read it here!

Our brand new course at the Bols Bartending Academy: WSET level 2 in spirits!

For the first time in Amsterdam we gave hospitality professionals a unique opportunity for to obtain the internationally acclaimed WSET certificate!

10 Reasons to go to a Bartending School

The most important reasons why you should go to a Bartending School

Writing genever history in Berlin

We were part of a historic initiative in the world of genever during Bar Convent Berlin. Read all about it here!

The 15 elements of a great bar school

Looking for a great bar school? Look no further, we have the right elements every barschool should have!

Ivar's 4 World's 50 Best Bars favorites

Read all about Ivar's favorites from the World's 5o Best Bars!

The 12 most recommended cocktail books

We listed for you 12 of the best cocktails books present!

Talking Tiki in Disney

Who thinks that Disney is all about Mickey is mistaking. Disney is also about food, wine and Tiki!

The 10 essential ingredients for making cocktails at home

Throwing a cocktail party at home? You will need these essential ingredients!

The Tiki Cocktail

Imagine yourself on the beach of a tropical island with while sipping that awesome cocktail. Hold on to that thought and read more!

Representing the true Amsterdam spirit at Gin Day

The Milan based juniper festival ‘Gin Day’ showed Milan to be the capital of gin.

History and Production of Liqueurs

Always been curious how liqueurs are made and where it comes from? Find out now!

Mexico city: much more than tacos and tequila

Forget the stereotype Mexican image of tacos, tequila, Mariachi and sombreros, the cocktail scene is booming!


The Woo Woo

A very refreshing and simple cocktail.

The Piña Colada

What more needs to be said about this people’s favourite. The Piña Colada is a creamy and delicious pineapple & coconut cocktail. Being so popular brings pro’s. There are a lot of variations of the Piña Colada. Take a pic, we have chosen ours.

Why Philly is smoking hot!

Read about Ivar's adventures in Philly!

The Bramble

Having a good balance between sweet and sour tones, the Bramble(invented by Dick Bradsell), is well on its way in becoming a modern day classic. This gin based cocktail gets her spooky looks by drizzling blackberry liqueur on top of the drink.

The Long Island Iced Tea

Discover more about world's most famous longdrink!

The Margarita

The Margarita is, almost certainly, the most common tequila-based cocktail in the US and worldwide. It’s served shaken, blended or straight up, and even has its own glass. But what’s the history behind this famous drink? As with most drinks, nobody really knows their exact origin, and a lot of people have taken credit!

Date Night

The Date Night is the perfect balance between the sweetness of the dates and the sourness of lemon juice.

The Old Fashioned

One of the most famous, notorious, loved cocktails in the world. The Old Fashioned brings exactly that to the game. A cocktail made the old fashioned way. A cocktail which takes a little time to make and to perfect. But once its served, already order a second one.

The Daiquiri

The Daiquiri has developed, much like the Martini and Margarita, into a sort of sub-family of drinks. It is the quintessential and one of the easiest, freshest drinks you can make.

Cocktail Trends Around The World

Bols Brand Ambassador Denzel Heath describes the latest cocktail and bartending trends in Australasia.

The Whiskey Sour

Aah, the Whisky Sour also dubbed the Anti-Scurvy potion. Simplicity is key. And it works so well for the Whisky Sour. This drink is so intriguing. A concoction of many faces. So simple to make, yet so delicious to the palate. Move over dog, mankind has found a new best friend.

The Original Collins

The first true Collins was made with the Bols Genever, just like many cocktails that thrive from the 19th century. This Gevener that can once again can be enjoyed today in classic cocktails.

The Espresso Martini

The cocktail was invented by the legendary Dick Bradsell in the Eighties after, legend has it, a famous model asked him to mix her a drink that would "wake me up, then f**k me up. What better than more vodka, with the addition of a caffeine booster.

Tropical Tiki Party

Picture yourself on a beach in the Caribbean. The sun is out there, your feet are in the sand, people are cheerful and you are drinking the best tropical cocktail you can think of.

The Mojito

The Mojito is comfortably said one of the top ten best known cocktails in the world. A refreshing drink that packs a punch. It has been invented & reinvented countless of times. The mojito has more off springs then the Kardashians. This Cuban delight is a force to be reckoned with.

The Caipirinha

Caipirinha is Brazil's national cocktail, made with cachaça (sugar cane hard liquor), sugar and lime. Cachaça is Brazil's most common distilled alcoholic beverage (also known as Pinga or Caninha). Although both rum and cachaça are made from sugarcane-derived products, specifically in cachaça, the alcohol results from the fermentation of fresh sugarcane juice that is afterwards distilled, while rum is usually made from by-products from refineries, such as molasses. Known back in the days as a poor man’s drink. This cocktail has now conquered the world.

Dinner Party

Throwing a dinner party is a joyous occasion. You invite your friends or family and maybe you decorate your house of your garden. You spend the whole day getting the best ingredients you can, which you turn into the best dishes you can.

The Pornstar Martini

One of the most lustful cocktails known. The porn star martini is an absolute star in the cocktail world and will be there for numerous years to come.

The Vanilla Berry Crush

A Bols Classic. One of the most popular cocktails at the House of Bols. Per day a minimum of 50 of these are made and more important enjoyed by our guests. It is, in a way, a variation of course of the Brazilian cocktail the Caipirinha. Bols Genever 21 replaces the Cachaça and the tartness of the lime is substituted by lemons. To make it more summery we added the Bols Strawberry and all this will make sure you will get a crush on this heavenly potion.

Wedding Party

On your wedding day, you should be king and queen of the day. It is all about you and your happiness. A day you will always remember, and a day that everybody wants to remember.

The Grasshopper

A grasshopper is a sweet, mint-flavoured, after-dinner drink. The name of the drink derives from its green colour, which comes from crème de menthe. The drink reputedly originated at Tujague's, a landmark bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, and was invented by its owner, Philip Guichet. The drink gained popularity during the 1950s and 1960s throughout the American South.

Guys Night Out

On a night with the guys you want to serve a manly drink. A drink that is not too easy to make, and not too easy to drink.

The Bloody Mary

The Bloody Mary is a drink that always gets that personal touch of a bartender. There is lots of room to add a special ingredient that gives a Bloody Mary your personal twist. The choice of additional ingredients is yours, but if a guest comes to your bar and asks for a Bloody Mary it is your duty to know the right base ingredients and preparation.

Girls Night Out

High heels, cocktail dress, your best friends and the best venues. That is what a girls night is about. We have all seen the girls do it in Sex and the City on their Girls Nights Out.

The Martini

The only thing many people know about the martini is that it should be shaken, not stirred and when they finally taste the drink they will give you a look like you just served them a hellish drink. The question is how to make your martinis taste good with your available products, tools, ice, fruits, and preferences we have today.

The Sidecar

The Sidecar is made according to different recipes all over the world. The choice of recipe will determine the character of this cocktail. Many stories claim that the Sidecar was born in a French bistro restaurant and named after the motorcycle sidecar in which a captain would be driven to his favourite restaurant.

Bols Around the World is Back

Are you the next Bols Genever Pioneer?

The Manhattan

The Manhattan, like the Martini, is one of the best known classics around and is made in many different ways with different ingredients.


Bols, the world’s oldest distilled brand and Dilmah, the world’s leading ethical tea brand have joined forces by hosting a masterclass at the Bols Bartending Academy in Amsterdam.

The Brandy Crusta

Crustas saw the first light of day in 1850, in the French part of New Orleans. Joseph Santina who worked as a manager in a bar-restaurant created a fancy variation of the Cocktail. He added citrus juice and a sugar crust. The name Crusta refers to the sugar crust around the rim.

The Sazerac

The Sazerac is the legendary New Orleans cocktail that requires a specific ingredient to be made; Peychaud’s bitters.

The Improved Holland Gin Cocktail

The name Improved Holland Gin Cocktail is a long name for a cocktail, but each word has a meaning and a story behind it.

Full Moon Party

The Full Moon party has spread throughout the world and one of the iconic things of the party is people sharing their drinks. What better drink to share then the Sangria?

Little Barrel Geneva

Read about this hidden gem and discover Little Barrel's Bols Genever cocktail.

Bols around the woods

All the ingredients you want for your cocktail, just around the corner of your bar.

Octans - A spirited bar

Wilhelm III cocktail. A cocktail by Octans for Bols. Check this delicious cocktail recipe and try it yourself!

5 bar tools you’ll need to make cocktails

We listed the bar tools that you need to make cocktails at home. Search on Bols for a delicious cocktail recipe and you're good to go!

Bols Barrel Aged Genever

Bols Barrel Aged Genever is launched in Asia. Our ambassador and Master Bartender with a secret bar at the Singapore Cocktail Festival.

It's not only fashion in Milan

Milan, aperitivo and the Genever Sazerac. Read all about it in this weeks blog.