Gin in Amsterdam

Proflokaal are the traditional gin joints of Amsterdam

The dutch hard liquor of choice is gin—in fact, we get the English word "gin" from the Dutch word "jenever" which means "juniper," the berries of which are the prime ingredient in the alcohol. In fact, the Dutch are said to have invented gin in the mid 1600s—originally as a medicine.

Try the hard liquor the Dutch made famous in a gin-tasting house, or proflokaal—similar in appearance to brown cafes, but usually owned by the distillery itself.

It's customary to take the first sip no-hands style, slurping it from the brim-filled shot glass as you lean over the bar.

Here are some classic proflokaal in Amsterdam:

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This article was by Reid Bramblett and last updated in May 2011.
All information was accurate at the time.

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