101 Best New Cocktails: Dutch Coupe by Tess Posthumus , Door 74, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

by Gaz Regan · Sunday, August 18th, 2013 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2013

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Dutch Coupe

Adapted from a recipe by Tess Posthumus , Door 74, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

“When Queen Beatrix announced she’ll abdicate the throne on 30 April 2013, I thought the occasion called for a special cocktail in her name. The drink is based on a typical Dutch spirit and uses orange to accentuate the royal house of Orange-Nassau.

“The addition of some bitterness is part of a tradition. The Dutch royals used to drink a bitter orange liqueur called ‘Oranjebitter’ whenever there was a festive event. After zesting the orange, place it as a garnish on the rim and make it look like a feathered hat, which is Queen Beatrix’ signature.” Tess PosthumusDutch Coupe

60ml (2 oz) Bols 6-year-old Corenwyn Jenever

15ml (.5 oz) Carpano Antica Formula

10ml (.33 oz) Cynar

1dash orange flower water

1 dash orange bitters

1 orange twist, as garnish

Stir over ice, and strain into a frozen coupe glass.  Add the garnish.

gaz sez:  Depending on where in the world you are, the 6-year-old Corenwyn Jenever might prove difficult to find, and it’s really the backbone of this drink, so if you’d like to taste the Dutch Coupe as Tess intended it, I advise you to hold off until you find some, or take a trip to Amsterdam and have Ms. Posthumus fix you one her own self.  You won’t regret it.  Promise.

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