Looking for a new kind of mule? Try this…

Genever is gin’s predecessor, hailing from the Dutch. It’s a malty, sweetly, and full-bodied spirit. It has a distinct nose of sweet corn and malt. Some have likened it to a very “Scotchy” kind of gin.

I find Genever goes very well with savory and acidic flavors. For this, I can’t think of a better application for it than in a mule. A mule is simply a cocktail that employs spirits, citrus, and ginger beer. It’s a great and refreshing drink and very versatile. You could use vodka, whiskey, tequila, and pretty much anything else you can think of in some form.

This cocktail works as a great introduction to Genever, which new drinkers often find aversive. Don’t fear the Genever, it is a Nordic staple and the cause of the infamous “Dutch Courage”. Here’s how to get your own cup of bravery…

Genever Kumquat Mule

1.5 oz Bols Genever

0.25 oz ginger syrup*

0.25 oz fresh lime juice

2-3 oz ginger beer

2 whole kumquats

In a copper mule cup, add ginger syrup and kumquats. Muddle kumquats completely. Add Genever, lime juice, and ice. Top with a quality ginger beer. Stir briefly to mix ingredients. Garnish with additional kumquats or lime wheel.

*Ginger Syrup

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup water

3/4 cup fresh, roughly chopped ginger

Heat water and sugar to a boil then remove from heat. Add chopped ginger and allow to cool. Store overnight. Filter and strain into a container. Keep refrigerated.