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Kansas Smitty’s: trivia goes against the grain with Bols Genever

Kansas Smitty’s: trivia goes against the grain with Bols Genever

Hackney jazz and julep hotspot, Kansas Smitty’s, is currently Bols-deep in a month-long residency of boozy Dutch shenanigans. Bols Genever has taken over the venue, bringing a unique blend of Gen-trified juleps, Dutch drinking rituals and a very special quiz.

On Tuesday, the award-winning distillers will host a night of spirit-driven trivia, with Bols Brand Ambassador, John Clay at the helm. A pub quiz a little different from the usual, guests can expect beer, Genever, juleps and tall tales of spirits, spice and seafaring.

The julep is a classic American cocktail that was traditionally a mountain of crushed ice, a generous pour of bourbon, a handful of mint and a lick of sugar. But our nifty friends at Smitty’s have transformed the concoction into a vehicle for the experimental, inventively infusing all manner of ingredients from cardamom to tonka bean, liquorice root to grapefruit peel.

From May through to the end of 2016, Kansas Smitty’s menu will be headlined by a new julep to showcase some of the finest spirits from around the globe. Originating in the Netherlands in 1664, Bols Genever was originally taken neat and is the root of the phrase ‘Dutch courage’. This unusual botanical potion brings together the compatibility of a white spirit with the complexity of a brown spirit.

Kansas Smitty’s, 63-65 Broadway Market, London E8 4PH

Tickets available here

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