Posted on 13/07/2016 by Mistercocktail

Mary Stuart was a big fan of Delfts Blauw

The history of Gin starts with the Dutch spirit Genever, which is now a pretty well-known fact. But what caused this transition? Was the idea stolen? Were they just inspired? Did soldiers bring the “Dutch Courage” back home? None of that, as it had a political reason. In 1688, the Dutch cityholder William III invaded England, to take the throne together with Mary Stuart. Thi… Read more

Posted on 06/07/2016 by Mistercocktail


One of the positive side-effects of the current gin trend in The Netherlands is that many local distilleries, as well as the larger ones of course, have developed a gin of their own. It may be an unknown fact, but The Netherlands used to be the leading nation in distilling spirits. Genever was the single best sold spirit in the world at the turn of the 19th century. Many classic cocktail r… Read more

Posted on 30/06/2016 by Mistercocktail


Tess Posthumus has been on the rise for quite some time now, but with the launch of her first book, the 28-year old has hit a new peak in her carreer. The bartender from Door 74 has won several large competitions, including winner of the global Mixing Star finals and becoming the 1st ranked female bartender in Diageo’s World Class in 2015 (8th overall). The book covers a whole range of d… Read more

Posted on 24/06/2016 by Mistercocktail


For many years, Dutch chef Sergio Herman has lead the way in innovation in hospitality and especially in food. I had the chance to interview him a while ago in his restaurant Pure C (he still had Oud Sluis*** at that time) and I already noticed his big interest for spirits and cocktails. In fact, we spoke longer on this subject than on the actual interview and it came to no surprise that in his… Read more

Posted on 22/06/2016 by Mistercocktail


  For 2 weeks only, this ultra-small pop-up bar will be at a secret location in Amsterdam. To give you a hint: look for this door with the Tanqueray logo at the Amstel. Behind the door is a long alley that leads to a small old chapel that normally functions as a b&b, but now, for just 2 weeks, as a  pop-up bar by Tanqueray Gin. It’s the perfect way to start your evening with frien… Read more

Posted on 21/06/2016 by Mistercocktail


Taste of Amsterdam has firmly established itself in the ever-expanding list of festivals as the leading event for food and lifestyle. In the last years the number of alcohol brands has expanded enormously and, as you can understand, this is what makes it all the more interesting to me. This year the presence was even greater, with wine, whisky and wodka and everything in between to enjoy f… Read more

Posted on 18/06/2016 by Mistercocktail


This Sunday is the start of the 9th edition of Cocktails & Spirits, the barshow in Paris and it is one of the most defining shows for Europe, maybe even for the world. Paris has seen a complete turn-around from lagging lightyears behind, to being one of the leading cities for cocktails in a very short matter of time. Thierry Daniel (pictured below), founder of Cocktails & Spirits ha… Read more

Posted on 17/06/2016 by Mistercocktail


Foodpairing with spirits is becoming an increasingly relevant topic in top gastronomy. We all know the strong link between wine and food, but spirits are working their way to the chef’s table as well. A few years ago I helped set up the bar in &Samhoud Places, a 2* restaurant in Amsterdam. More than a few times I acted as spirit sommelier for the guests in the restaurant to advice t… Read more

Posted on 16/06/2016 by Mistercocktail

Wilson & Thiago Pires for Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

Luxury comes in many shapes and forms, but when the name Waldorf-Astoria is on the invite, one can be pretty sure it’s of the highest possible quality. The branch in Amsterdam opened its doors May 2014 and includes 2 restaurants, one of them with 2 Michelin stars. Fortunately, with the rise of hotelbars in Amsterdam, the hotel is also equipped with a great cocktailbar. To lift t… Read more

Posted on 15/04/2016 by Mistercocktail

Left to right: Rik Nelson, Ger BUckley, Sam O'Leary and Snader Nederveen

Recently, I travelled to Middleton, Ireland, to visit the distillery of Jameson Irish Whiskey. An impressive site that boasts 3 enormous copper pot stills with 3 more on its way. Irish whiskey has seen a steep rise of interest by consumers around the world and this development is not looking to take a halt anytime soon. That’s also why Jameson is building new warehouses, next to the… Read more