You may find yourself in The Hague on a rainy night in September.
However, you’re on vacation so it really doesn’t matter, does it? Don’t let weather dictate what you want to do or see. The Dutch still find a way to maneuver in a downpour, even on bikes, so blend and carry an umbrella.
You may be in need of a warming beverage. Coffee is always an option and the Dutch are proud that they make a strong brew. The coffee I had each morning at breakfast was intense and satisfying.
I also like a good, strong drink. Enter Jenever.
Jenever is a Juniper-flavored style of Dutch gin. I am on board with this because it sounds fancy even though I travel on a modest budget, and because I’ve developed an appreciation for gin. Jenever also tastes like Ketel One vodka which is a bonus if you enjoy and can afford to go top shelf.
The key is determining what you want to enjoy: the oude (old, yet aromatic and mellow) or jonge (clear, yet not forceful in taste. I tasted both and have a preference for the oude.
I experienced Jenever at the Hotel Des Indes. It was served according to tradition: chilled in a small curvy glass and filled to the top so you can see the meniscus. You can chase it with Grolsch beer, according to custom. However, it’s not necessary to do so.
Take in the rich history of the Hotel Des Indes with its period design and swank bar and restaurant.
Later, stroll by the Bittenhof, which is across a small park from the hotel. Still raining? Taking in the stately building will warm you as much as Jenever.
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