Jenever or genever but never gin:
Pronounced ‘Yaynaver’, this typical Dutch spirit originated in the middle ages where it was intended not as an alcoholic beverage but rather as a medicinal remedy against the plague. Jenever is a combination long-fermented rye, corn and wheat, juniper and other botanical distillates. In England, the drink became known as Gin. However, because the English did not possess the correct recipe, the taste of gin has always been a bit different to that of the Dutch jenever.
In the Dutch Golden Age, Amsterdam was a major transit port and thus convenient for the production of gin and liqueurs. Spices from all around the world were shipped through the canals and several distilleries opened. Unfortunately, the production of jenever is quite a smelly affair, and over the years many distilleries disappeared from the inner city.
House of Bols: ‘a unique jenever experience’
Because it was situated just outside the city, the distillery of Lucas Bols (Established in 1575), managed to continue production.
In 2006 Lucas Bols returned to the inner city of Amsterdam. The House of Bols situated in the Paulus Potterstraat is open seven days a week to the public. Here, visitors can enjoy a unique interactive cocktail and jenever experience. Take the tour and learn more about the history of jenever and the exciting world of cocktails and bartending culture.