We’re in love with the malty, funky flavors of genever – but until recently there weren’t many cocktails that took full advantage of its old-world character.
Enter the Viering, a creation of New York City bartender Eryn Reece. Reece named it for the Dutch word for “celebration,” and the name fits – it’s a wonderful tribute to the Netherlands’ best spirit.
Reece doesn’t specify oude-style or jonge-style genever, but it’s fantastic both ways. She does, however, call for Carpano Antica for the sweet vermouth – its complex, flavorful blend of herbs and spices gives it the backbone to stand up the syrupy, rich flavors of Cherry Heering, a classic Danish cherry brandy.
- 2 parts Genever
- ½ part Cherry brandy
- ¾ part Sweet vermouth
Stir all ingredients with ice until very cold. Strain into an ice-filled short glass.
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- The Viering Cocktail from PUNCH magazine