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Neither here nor there…

As more and more of my friends are getting married this year, I have to think of a Dutch traditional drink.

Bruidstranen. (transl.: Tears of the Bride)

Golden wonderment...

This distilled drink is traditionally served at the wedding (or at the dinner after the wedding registration).
There are several recipes for this delicacy, but they all contain one similar ingredient:

Gold leaf…

It is amazing to see the gold twirl around in the clear liquid.Ddistillery A. van Wees/de Ooievaar makes one with a perfume so sweet that promises roses and moonshine…

Wijnand's full selection...

But my favourite is the gently orange flavoured tears from Wijnand Fockink. It is so soft and smooth that it is a perfect mixer for champagne or any other light sparkling wine… How pretty the gold and silver dance in your glass.
And it is dangerously moorish… Brides beware!

Bestnat's bottle design...

Originally a Dutch wife would serve this drink to her husband later in the marriage, in case she wanted to remind him of his ‘marital duty’. If you catch my drift…

Usually Dutch wives would hardly be anything else than direct… but I guess diplomacy is a virtue in married life. (another lesson I learnt from my parent’s 40th anniversary 🙂 )

So Bridegrooms to the Dutch be warned…

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