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Netherlands
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The Netherlands cocktail is a simple concoction that finds its robust backbone in brandy, harmonizing with the citrus notes of orange liqueur, and enhanced by the subtle spiciness of orange ... more The Netherlands cocktail is a simple concoction that finds its robust backbone in brandy, harmonizing with the citrus notes of orange liqueur, and enhanced by the subtle spiciness of orange bitters. Its overall flavor profile leans towards the sweet and aromatic, with a warmth characteristic of brandy-based drinks, making it a potentially cozy sip for those who enjoy spirit-forward beverages with a citrus twist. Traditionally served in a lowball glass, this cocktail presents a straightforward yet elegant drink experience that may appeal to enthusiasts of classic, brandy-infused mixology.
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31.67% | 2.85 units *

Lowball glass

Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Netherlands

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all ingredients together with ice in a cocktail shaker and shake well
Strain into a chilled lowball glass over ice cubes and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  · 

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What does Blue Curaçao add to the Netherlands cocktail?

Blue Curaçao adds both a vibrant blue color and a slight bitter orange flavor to the Netherlands cocktail. This liqueur is made from the dried peel of the Laraha citrus fruit, and it contributes to the cocktail's unique taste and appearance.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Why is the Netherlands cocktail shaken and not stirred?

The Netherlands cocktail is shaken to ensure a thorough mix of its ingredients, particularly to integrate the Blue Curaçao and brandy smoothly. Shaking also chills the drink more effectively than stirring, resulting in a colder beverage. This method helps to mellow the flavors and achieve a uniform taste.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of the Netherlands cocktail compare to a standard cocktail?

The alcohol content of the Netherlands cocktail is around 31.67%, which is higher than many standard cocktails. Traditional cocktails typically have an alcohol content ranging from 15% to 30%. Thus, the Netherlands cocktail is on the stronger side in terms of alcohol by volume (ABV).

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the ideal way to serve the Netherlands cocktail?

The ideal way to serve the Netherlands cocktail is in a lowball glass, chilled. After shaking the ingredients with ice to properly mix and cool the cocktail, it should be strained into the glass. The lowball glass is preferred as it offers a wide opening to enjoy the aroma of the ingredients while facilitating an easy sip.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What garnishing would complement the Netherlands cocktail?

A slice of orange or a twist of orange peel would complement the Netherlands cocktail beautifully. The orange garnish would not only enhance the visual appeal against the vibrant blue of the drink but also echo the orange notes from the Blue Curaçao and bitters, tying the flavors together.

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