Jenever is a clear distilled alcohol
, made from grain
and/or juniper berries
. It is a traditional drink in The Netherlands
and it originates from the 12th/13th century.
There are two types of Jenever, a "Jonge" (young) and an "Oude" (old) jenever. The Oude Jenever is aromatic and mellow , while the Jonge has a blander taste. Several variants exist as well, such as "Bessen Jenever" (currant) and "Citroen Jenever" (lemon).
When you go to Holland, order a "kopstoot" head-butt. Don't worry about your head until the morning after... The bartender will just serve you a shot of jenever and a glass of beer.