The Dutch East India Company was the world’s first mega-corporation, operating internationally for over 200 years, finally ending its dominance of global trade in the early 19th Century. Long remembered by the Dutch and immortalized in paintings, coinage, sculpture and architecture (to say the least), this drink is a fitting tribute to that firm.
East India Cocktail

The ingredients themselves speak of the trade they brought to the world. French brandy, brought to the New World and Asia; pineapple juice to represent the tropical foods they brought to Holland and Europe from far off lands; Curacao, a settlement in the New World they in fact operated; bitters, to represent the spice trade; and finally, rum, often used in trade for good, but also for slaves.

This cocktail is a living expression of the history of the Dutch East India Company, and should be enjoyed knowing that with every sip, you’ll enjoy not only great flavor, but great history.  The Manhattan is based on this, which is only fitting as it was Henry Hudson, a Dutch captain, who discovered the island and the Hudson River.  Small world, huh?

East India Cocktail
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Named for the Dutch East India Company, this historic cocktail celebrates the international trade that company conducted from Asia to the Americas.
Recipe type: Cocktails
Serves: 1
  • 1 3/4 ounces brandy
  • 1/4 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1/4 ounce orange curacao
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1/4 ounce Jamaica rum (optional)
  1. Shake the ingredients in iced cocktail shaker and strain.
  2. Add an optional lemon twist and a cherry.
  3. Serve in a cocktail glass (4.5 oz).


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