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Bartender Jesse Cyr wanted to create a simple and elegant cocktail using a spirit many people aren’t yet accustomed to working with, genever. His goal was to let the spirit come through and shine more than the other ingredients instead of being overwhelmed by over-the-top flavors. “I love how the Bols barrel-aged genever has bright citrus notes and some baking spices from the French Limousin oak it’s aged in,” says Cyr. “I felt that an orange clove syrup would really help to highlight those flavors.” He added just a dash of cardamom bitters to give a nod to the history of the brand. “Cardamom was one of the first flavors of liqueur that they distilled in the late 1500s.” Here’s how you can make a Stay the Course at home:

 Stay the Course

By Jesse Cyr, Rob Roy (Seattle, WA)

Recipe:

  • 2 oz Bols Barrel Aged Genever
  • 0.25 oz Orange Clove Syrup (Recipe to Follow)
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 dash Cardamom Bitters

Preparation:

  1. Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass and pour over a large ice cube in an Old Fashioned glass
  2. Garnish with an orange twist

**To make the orange clove syrup**

  • 3 Tbs whole cloves
  • Peel from 1 whole orange
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1.5 cups water

Heat the cloves in a sauce pan over medium high heat until fragrant. Add the water and bring to a gentle simmer. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat and pour entire contents of pan into a heat-proof vessel containing the orange peels. Let the syrup sit in the vessel for 2 hours. Strain out the cloves and orange peels, bottle, and refrigerate.

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