This classical drink is said to be the father of Martini and was first mentioned in 1884 by O.H. Byron in ‘The modern Bartender’. Byron speaks of Holland Gin – aka Genever, as it was known in US at the time. The story goes that Jerry Thomas created this drink at the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco for a visitor on his way to Martinez, which he subsequently named the cocktail after.
Here’s the magnificent recipe we used for our Old Genever:
50 ml “By the Dutch” Old Genever
30 ml Sweet Vermouth
10 ml White Vermouth
8 ml Orange Curacao Liqueur
1 dash “By the Dutch” Classic Bitters
Add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker, filled halfway with ice. Stir. Strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.