Genever, though popular in Europe, is one of those spirits you don't often see on a cocktail list in the states. I was given a big bottle a few months ago as a gift that I wasn't too sure what to do with. Dutch tradition calls for drinking it straight from a tulip-shaped glass alongside a beer, but there's no way I was going to get through the whole bottle in that fashion—so for inspiration, I've taken to ordering a genever cocktail whenever I see one on a menu. Through these taste-tests, I've learned that it's incredible for mixing. A precursor to gin, the juniper-infused spirit carries a malty, woodsy flavor that complements a whole range of cocktails.