This recipe is part of an ongoing series to complement our series Unnoticed POTUS. Look out for a new, presidential cocktail from POTUS Potables each Friday after Unnoticed POTUS is published.
As you might have read by now in our article Unnoticed POTUS: Martin Van Buren, people only recognized certain things about him. But those things, they sort of went viral in a quaint, 19th Century sort of way.
If you want to read more about Martin Van Buren and his non-alcoholic pursuits, check our our article Unnoticed POTUS: Martin Van Buren.
One of those things was his ability to take in loads of alcohol without batting an eye, or tripping a step, earning him the nickname Blue Whiskey Van.
I was going to try to think of a way to make whiskey blue, but that sounded a wee bit gross to me. Instead, this cocktail features Diep9 Old Genever, a precursor to the spirit we know today as gin.
Since MVB could really throw it back – we knew we had to make this cocktail STRONG. You've been warned.
So here you have it, the Martin Van Ruin:
- Orange Blossom Water
- 3 oz Diep9 Old Genever
- ½ oz Orgeat
- 3 Dashes Dutch's Spirit Old Colonial Bitters
Rinse a chilled martini glass with orange blossom water and set aside. Stir 3 oz old genever, ½ oz orgeat over ice. Drain excess orange blossom water and strain mixture into glass. Add bitters and stir. Garnish with an orange twist.