Last weekend, I bought a bottle of passion fruit jenever. Normally, this tastes very sweet and has a nice fruity flavour. But unfortunately, I had to buy a brand with which I'm not familiar with. The taste of the alcohol is too present and it has an after taste that reminds me of medicine.

I don't want to throw away my bottle, but I won't drink it like that. Can I add something that would make it better? I don't want a cocktail (but 2 things together is de facto a cocktail I guess). I was thinking of adding a bit of grenadine or (flavoured) sugar syrup.

Would this help or does anyone knows something that helps?

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As alcohol boils away quite easily, perhaps you could try simmering it a while to remove some of the alchohol taste? Try it with a glassful first to see if it works.

You might try adding some passion fruit pulp (strained through a sieve to remove the pips) to increase the fruitiness.

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    Not a bad idea but you wouldn't even need to boil it. 173F will boil the alcohol and not the water. Commented Mar 30, 2011 at 0:52
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    There's not a lot of taste in alcohol. I think the "alcoholic taste" referred to comes from compounds formed during a maturation step, rather than alcohol itself. I have a bottle of "bad" jenever that has been dodging around my kitchen for 3 years waiting for an answer. I think it is going down the toilet if we don't get a good answer here!
    – klypos
    Commented Jun 7, 2011 at 21:01

I think it might be improved by adding Creme de Cassis (or Creme de Mures Sauvages if you can get some).


Try adding fruit zest (grapefruit, orange, lemon or lime), with a touch of castor sugar. I don't think its the proof that is ruining the taste, but more likely the quality of the grain base spirit used. Sugar and oils should help counteract this.


Perhaps you could try making a long cocktail with the addition of sparkling water and simple or flavored syrup.


Genever is an older form of Gin. Take a look at old gin cocktails from the prohibition era, many of those were designed to cover up the flavour of bad (bathtub) gin.

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    Interesting idea, the answer would be even more useful if you provided the names of such cocktails - when I look at a gin cocktail recipe, I have no idea when it was created.
    – rumtscho
    Commented Feb 29, 2012 at 21:19

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