March 31, 2002
As for the liqueurs, a plethora of taste temptations awaits. Perhaps a Aardbei (Strawberry) would be refreshing on a pleasant spring evening? This drink is made with strawberries that have been fermented and distilled twice, then mixed with the juice of fresh strawberries. Or perhaps you’d prefer Banaan (Banana); ripe bananas ground, then steeped in alcohol for two months or more. Na Achten (After eight) is cocoa and peppermint, just like the after dinner candies of the same name. A bit more adventurous perhaps is ‘T Hempje Licht Op’, or "the shirt lifts", which is believed to have purgative powers due to its medicinal qualities. This is made from orange, cocoa and vanilla with a bit of cascara. Whether you want to "lift your shirt" or just lift a stein of beer, Wynand Fockink is a place you’ll enjoy. It’s very easy to find, located on the small street on the south side of the Grand Krasnapolsky Hotel.
NOTE: Cash only, no credit cards.
From journal Springtime in Amsterdam