When I think of Amsterdam, I immediately think of the national liquor of the Netherlands, Genever. Genever or Jenever (for Juniper) is a grain product invented in the 1600's in the Netherlands, and it is from this product that gin evolved.
You can purchase Genever as Jong (young) or as Oud (old.) Young Genever is typically taken very cold as a shot. Older Genever, however, is usually consumed at room temperature. The young Genevers are neutral tasting like vodka, but with a juniper flavor. Old Genevers are sometimes aged in wood and take on a more malty, smoky or wood flavor. These Genevers bear resemblance to whiskey.
You can find Genevers for sale all over Amsterdam in liquor stores/wine shops. The display I captured was from the Quinta Wine Shop across from the Anne Frank House. The address is Nieuwe Leliestraat 4 in Amsterdam. The store can also be found online at www.quinta-wijnen.nl. They have a nice selection of Genevers and Absinthe.
I am partial to the older Genever made by Loyaal. I also enjoy the younger Genevers though, and always have a cold bottle on hand in my refrigerator. Whenever I am in Amsterdam, I always buy a bottle of Genever to take home, and if I am staying in the city, I will go to a local bar and sample their Genevers.
There are many drinks to be found in Amsterdam, but to me, Genever IS Amsterdam! If you have yet to discover this tasty Dutch treat, I hope you will do so on your next visit to the Netherlands.