Monday, December 12, 2016

Bols Genever x Jerry Thomas

From December 12th - 16th five Boston bars are collaborating with Lucas Bols, a leading distilled spirits brand from Amsterdam and creator of Bols Genever, to celebrate the legacy of bartending poineer Jerry Thomas. Bols Genever is the predecessor of gin - often called Holland Gin, it is created from lightly distilled Dutch grains and a complex botanical mix. With a characteristic smooth malty taste, Genever is perfect for mixing in cocktails. 

Jerry Thomas - known as the father of mixology or the bartender who started it all, was a 19th century mixologist and bon vivant who championed cocktail recipes including many that featured Genever. Cocktails in modern bars trace their roots to the recipes in his collection, How to Mix Drinks or The Bon Vivant's Companion, which at the height of his reign as King of the bar, were a revalation! 
The weeklong celebration - kicking off today - includes specialty Genever cocktails crafted at Mooo..., Highball Lounge, Tavern Road, Blue Dragon and Capo inspired by Jerry’s work.
I attended a cocktail crawl event as media last week - enjoy the preview!

Mooo... | Smokey The Pear | Bols Genever, Belle de Brillet, Ginger-Honey Syrup, Lemon Juice 
bartender: Greg Neises

Highball Lounge | Port of Hakata | Bols Genever, bar spoon combier kummel, acacia honey, lemon oil
bartender: Matt Schrange 

Tavern Road | The Professor | Bols Genever Barrel Aged, Zirbenz, Galliano, maraschino cherry 
bartender: Tenzin Samdo

Blue Dragon | Brandy Daisy | Bols Genever Barrel Aged, yellow chartreuse, lemon juice, splash of soda
bartender: Kate Rapin

Highball Lounge, Tavern Road and Blue Dragon are some of my favorite bars in the city for drinks and atmosphere. Tavern Roads bar, pictured directly below, features impressive shelving backed by gorgeous city views. 

Highball serves one of my best-loved bar snacks - the tater tot nachos, and with a room full of board games, is always a fun time. However, please note Highball is not open on Mondays and therefore we didn't taste the cocktail. 

Tavern Road and Blue Dragon both in Fort Point neighborhood offer excellent menus; Tavern Road is Chef Louis Dibiccari's cuisine influenced by global street food, while Blue Dragon is Chef Ming Tsai's modern Asian gastropub. I was glad we ate at both these spots during the preview crawl. I love their food! 

Mooo... is an upscale Beacon Hill steakhouse with a comfortable bar area. The dinners I've had in the past here were top notch. Mooo's bartender Greg really made an impression with his vivacious personality and his inspiration for a delicious cocktail. 

As far as Capo in Southie - we didn't make it that far into the crawl! I've never been but hoping to check it out soon.
Organized by the amazing crew at Bols Genever with a Bustonian (limo bus) to take us from bar to bar, this evening was a blast. Not to mention, the signature cocktails these bartenders created are fantastic. Everyone get out there and toast to Jerry Thomas this week!! 

Also see hashtags: #toastingjerry | #jerrythomasweek | #jerrythomasanniversary


  1. Wow! What an incredible event. All of these look delicious.

  2. What a fun sounding event! I love Tavern Road! Also, do you know where you can buy that type of Gin? Roberto LOVES gin and i think that would be a great gift!

    1. you can get it at Gordon's!!

    2. the one in Watertown near that huge intersection?? THANK YOU!

    3. yep, that's the one!!! it's a fantastic lq store we shop there often!