Dutch Alps

[Photograph: Nick Caruana]

This variation on the classic Irish Cocktail uses genever instead of Irish whiskey, and herbal genepy instead of absinthe. Rather than sweetening with orange curaçao, this one calls for rich, citrusy Amaro Nonino. The original is garnished with an olive—ditch it here for a few drops of saline solution. Just be careful with it, as a little goes a looong way.

Note: To make saline solution, mix 1 tablespoon kosher salt with 1 cup water.

About the author: Nick Caruana is the author of The Straight Up, where he shares his love of classic and modern cocktails, including a slight obsession with whiskey, bitters and amari. Stalk him on Twitter @The_Straight_Up, Facebook, and other social media outlets.

Dutch Alps

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 1 cocktail
Active time:2 minutes
Total time:2 minutes
Special equipment:Mixing glass, strainer, citrus peeler
This recipe appears in: Irish Cocktail: A Classic Drink for St. Patrick's Day


  • 2 ounces genever
  • 1/2 ounce Dolin Genepy des Alpes
  • 1/4 ounce Amaro Nonino
  • 1 barspoon Luxardo maraschino
  • 4 drops saline solution (see note above)
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • Lemon twist for garnish


  1. 1

    Add genever, genepy, Amaro Nonino, maraschino, saline solution, and orange bitters to a mixing glass. Full with ice and stir until well chilled, about 20 seconds.

  2. 2

    Strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with lemon twist and serve.

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