By The Dutch - Advocaat 700ml

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Advocaat became popular in the USA and UK in the late 1940s and early 1950s, reaching its peak of popularity in the seventies.

“By the Dutch’’ Advocaat distinguishes itself by a higher alcohol content (20%), thinner liquid structure, excellent quality of raw materials, educative & historical character.

THE DUTCH ROOTS OF ADVOCAAT

The origins of the ‘’Advocaat’’ are unclear. Some say its origin lies in Dutch travelers trying to imitate the creamy mixture of avocado pulp, cane sugar, and rum they had been offered in Brazil. Dutch texts from the 17th century describe a yellow-coloured drink popular with sailors in the Dutch Antilles (Dutch Caribbean Islands). The name for Advocaat is derived from the Dutch word for avocado. The Dutch settlers living in Suriname and Recife (Brazil) made the first version of the beverage using avocados. Since no avocados were available back in the Netherlands, a Dutch distiller substituted egg for the exotic fruit. Others suggest Advocaat is derived from the Dutch word for “lawyer.” The name of the liqueur is short for advocatenborrel, or "lawyer's drink," where “borrel” is Dutch for a small alcoholic beverage consumed during a social gathering. Named as a good lubricant for the throat, this drink is considered especially useful for a lawyer who must speak in public.

THE RECIPE

“By the Dutch” Advocaat is produced in the Dutch province of South Holland. The liqueur is a traditional recipe using local barn eggs, sugar, brandy, vanilla from Madagascar, rosemary from Morocco and water. Thanks to its higher alcohol content (20%) and thinner liquid, it’s suitable for cocktails.

Jos Zonneveld, Owner & Founder of ‘’By the Dutch’’, commented: ‘’It is by far the most ambitious product within the By the Dutch range. We are thrilled to see this iconic cocktail ingredient back in the speed rack.’

 

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By The Dutch

By The Dutch was set up only recently but it is set up on the great Dutch tradition of top-quality spirit production. Their three spirits are all equally fantastic; Dry Gin, Old Genever, and their Batavia Arrack Rum just as are their complex range of bitters.

The best place to start when you are pairing food and wine is to think about the structural elements of both the food and wines. These elements are: sweetness, acidity, bitterness, umami, chilli heat and fat.

We have listed these elements in foods and how you can add wines with similar or contrasting elements to help create harmony in your matches.

Sweetness 

Sweet foods can overpower dry wines, white or red, making them appear acidic, neutral or bitter. In order to reduce this effect you should pair sweet foods with sweet wines. 

Acidity

Acidic foods, like fresh citrus, tomatoes or salads laden with vinaigrettes, will overpower the acidity in a wine making them appear flabby or less acidic than they were. In order to reduce this effect you should pair acidic foods with wines that have a higher acidity such as Champagne, Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc.

Acidity is a key element in creating balance in a dish or a food-and-wine match. If the foods are going to reduce the acidity in the wines then you need to add your own bit of acidity by bringing a more acidic wine to the table. It is the same principle behind adding lemon juice to seafood dishes, as seafood tends to have quite low natural acidity.

Bitterness

If a food is high in bitterness then it will make the wine appear bitter, or it will increase the perception of bitterness (tannins) in the wine. In order to reduce this effect you should pair bitter foods with wines that are not bitter but rather have refreshing acidity.

Umami (Savoury)

Foods that are highly savoury, like mushrooms, will increase the bitterness or acidic perception we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair umami rich foods with wines that are very fruity and do not have medium-high tannins. 

Often foods that are more savoury are best matched with white wines like Chardonnay or Soave as these do not have tannins but have lots of fruity flavours nor do they have extremely high acidity.

Chilli Heat

Chilli heat is similar to umami rich foods where by it will increase the bitterness or acidic perception as well as the alcoholic burn we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair chilli heat rich foods with wines that are very fruity but also have higher sweetness.

Wines that are just a touch off-dry like many Gewurztraminer or Riesling work best with chilli foods like a curry as they will be both a bit sweet but also very fruity. If you aren't a white wine drinker then you should consider red wines that have lower tannins such as a Pinot Noir or a Gamay Noir. 

Fatty

Foods that are high in fat will make the wines feel flabby and less fruity. In order to reduce this effect you should pair fatty foods with wines that have high acidity. This is similar to the rule of adding in acidity (in the form of citrus) to seafood to help balance out not just the acidity but to cut down the perception of fattiness in the seafood. 

This is why when you are having a piece of red meat that is high in fat, like lamb, then you should pair it with a Pinot Noir instead of a Merlot as a Pinot Noir will have a higher acidity and will help to balance out the dish.

 

 

These rules will help you with starting to think about how to create pairings. It often isn't helpful to think about 'red wine and red meat' or 'white wine and fish' because it is actually the structural elements of the wine and food that are what need to be balanced. It is the acidity in white wines that work well with cutting through the fattiness of a piece of fish but you could get that acidity through a Pinot Noir. 

Advocaat became popular in the USA and UK in the late 1940s and early 1950s, reaching its peak of popularity in the seventies.

“By the Dutch’’ Advocaat distinguishes itself by a higher alcohol content (20%), thinner liquid structure, excellent quality of raw materials, educative & historical character.

THE DUTCH ROOTS OF ADVOCAAT

The origins of the ‘’Advocaat’’ are unclear. Some say its origin lies in Dutch travelers trying to imitate the creamy mixture of avocado pulp, cane sugar, and rum they had been offered in Brazil. Dutch texts from the 17th century describe a yellow-coloured drink popular with sailors in the Dutch Antilles (Dutch Caribbean Islands). The name for Advocaat is derived from the Dutch word for avocado. The Dutch settlers living in Suriname and Recife (Brazil) made the first version of the beverage using avocados. Since no avocados were available back in the Netherlands, a Dutch distiller substituted egg for the exotic fruit. Others suggest Advocaat is derived from the Dutch word for “lawyer.” The name of the liqueur is short for advocatenborrel, or "lawyer's drink," where “borrel” is Dutch for a small alcoholic beverage consumed during a social gathering. Named as a good lubricant for the throat, this drink is considered especially useful for a lawyer who must speak in public.

THE RECIPE

“By the Dutch” Advocaat is produced in the Dutch province of South Holland. The liqueur is a traditional recipe using local barn eggs, sugar, brandy, vanilla from Madagascar, rosemary from Morocco and water. Thanks to its higher alcohol content (20%) and thinner liquid, it’s suitable for cocktails.

Jos Zonneveld, Owner & Founder of ‘’By the Dutch’’, commented: ‘’It is by far the most ambitious product within the By the Dutch range. We are thrilled to see this iconic cocktail ingredient back in the speed rack.’

 

--------THE PRODUCER--------

By The Dutch

By The Dutch was set up only recently but it is set up on the great Dutch tradition of top-quality spirit production. Their three spirits are all equally fantastic; Dry Gin, Old Genever, and their Batavia Arrack Rum just as are their complex range of bitters.

The best place to start when you are pairing food and wine is to think about the structural elements of both the food and wines. These elements are: sweetness, acidity, bitterness, umami, chilli heat and fat.

We have listed these elements in foods and how you can add wines with similar or contrasting elements to help create harmony in your matches.

Sweetness 

Sweet foods can overpower dry wines, white or red, making them appear acidic, neutral or bitter. In order to reduce this effect you should pair sweet foods with sweet wines. 

Acidity

Acidic foods, like fresh citrus, tomatoes or salads laden with vinaigrettes, will overpower the acidity in a wine making them appear flabby or less acidic than they were. In order to reduce this effect you should pair acidic foods with wines that have a higher acidity such as Champagne, Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc.

Acidity is a key element in creating balance in a dish or a food-and-wine match. If the foods are going to reduce the acidity in the wines then you need to add your own bit of acidity by bringing a more acidic wine to the table. It is the same principle behind adding lemon juice to seafood dishes, as seafood tends to have quite low natural acidity.

Bitterness

If a food is high in bitterness then it will make the wine appear bitter, or it will increase the perception of bitterness (tannins) in the wine. In order to reduce this effect you should pair bitter foods with wines that are not bitter but rather have refreshing acidity.

Umami (Savoury)

Foods that are highly savoury, like mushrooms, will increase the bitterness or acidic perception we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair umami rich foods with wines that are very fruity and do not have medium-high tannins. 

Often foods that are more savoury are best matched with white wines like Chardonnay or Soave as these do not have tannins but have lots of fruity flavours nor do they have extremely high acidity.

Chilli Heat

Chilli heat is similar to umami rich foods where by it will increase the bitterness or acidic perception as well as the alcoholic burn we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair chilli heat rich foods with wines that are very fruity but also have higher sweetness.

Wines that are just a touch off-dry like many Gewurztraminer or Riesling work best with chilli foods like a curry as they will be both a bit sweet but also very fruity. If you aren't a white wine drinker then you should consider red wines that have lower tannins such as a Pinot Noir or a Gamay Noir. 

Fatty

Foods that are high in fat will make the wines feel flabby and less fruity. In order to reduce this effect you should pair fatty foods with wines that have high acidity. This is similar to the rule of adding in acidity (in the form of citrus) to seafood to help balance out not just the acidity but to cut down the perception of fattiness in the seafood. 

This is why when you are having a piece of red meat that is high in fat, like lamb, then you should pair it with a Pinot Noir instead of a Merlot as a Pinot Noir will have a higher acidity and will help to balance out the dish.

 

 

These rules will help you with starting to think about how to create pairings. It often isn't helpful to think about 'red wine and red meat' or 'white wine and fish' because it is actually the structural elements of the wine and food that are what need to be balanced. It is the acidity in white wines that work well with cutting through the fattiness of a piece of fish but you could get that acidity through a Pinot Noir.