Kopstootje Kocktail
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Kopstootje Kocktail
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.5 / 5
The Kopstootje Kocktail is a unique and invigorating drink that combines the boldness of gin with the lightness of lager, all further enhanced by the distinctive flavor of aniseed liqueur. ... more The Kopstootje Kocktail is a unique and invigorating drink that combines the boldness of gin with the lightness of lager, all further enhanced by the distinctive flavor of aniseed liqueur. The addition of lemon juice brings a tartness to the mix, balancing the sweetness imparted by the sugar syrup. Tapping into the tradition of a Dutch "kopstootje" or "little headbutt," which typically pairs a beer with a shot of jenever, this cocktail offers a similar experience with a more sophisticated, blended taste. Served in a highball glass, this concoction is a delightful fusion of herbal, citrus, and sweet notes with an underlying beer crispness, making it a refreshing choice for those who appreciate complex, layered beverages.
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Aniseed liqueur
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Lemon
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14.86% | 2.57 units *

Highball glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Kopstootje Kocktail intriguingly balances the crisp, herbal notes of gin with the smoothness of lager, creating a harmonious sip reminiscent of the Dutch tradition of enjoying a beer with a spirited shot. The aniseed liqueur lends a subtle spiciness that complements the tanginess of the lemon juice, while the sugar syrup delicately rounds out the drink's profile, ensuring each element is perceptible yet perfectly integrated.

Method
How to make a Kopstootje Kocktail

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Combine all the ingredients in a highball glass
Fill the glass with ice, stir, and garnish with a long strip of lemon zest before serving
~ The original recipe for this flavoursome cocktail uses Boomsma Jonge genever gin, with Unibroue Blanche de Chamble beer. ~

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

·  Highball  ·  Stir  ·  Garnish  ·  Zest  · 

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Why is the Kopstootje Kocktail stirred and not shaken?

The Kopstootje Kocktail is stirred instead of shaken to gently integrate the ingredients without overly diluting the drink with water from melted ice. Stirring helps maintain the clarity and texture of the cocktail, which is especially important with the inclusion of lager to preserve its carbonation and unique mouthfeel.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the ideal way to serve a Kopstootje Kocktail?

The ideal way to serve a Kopstootje Kocktail is in a highball glass, chilled to ensure the drink remains cold. It's also recommended to pour the cocktail over ice to keep it well-chilled throughout consumption. Garnishing with a slice of lemon or a twist can add a visual flair and a hint of additional citrus aroma.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute the aniseed liqueur in the Kopstootje Kocktail with something else?

Yes, if you don't have aniseed liqueur or prefer a different flavor, you can substitute it with other herbal or spice-flavored liqueurs. Absinthe or a mild pastis could work if you still want a hint of anise. However, keep in mind that the substitution will alter the original flavor profile of the cocktail.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of the Kopstootje Kocktail compare to other cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 14.86%, the Kopstootje Kocktail is moderately strong, similar to other classic cocktails like the Margarita or the Cosmopolitan. It's stronger than light cocktails such as the Mojito or Pimm's Cup, but not as strong as cocktails with a higher proportion of spirits like the Martini or Manhattan.

FOOD_PAIRINGS

What food would pair well with a Kopstootje Kocktail?

Considering its unique blend of aniseed, lemon, and the refreshing quality of lager, the Kopstootje Kocktail pairs well with seafood, particularly shellfish like oysters or clams. The herbal and citrus notes can also complement light salads, grilled vegetables, or mild cheeses, making it versatile for a range of appetizers or light meals.

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