Joanness Nolet (the first generation of Nolet distillers) searched far and wide for the perfect place to create his distillery, settling on the beautiful Schiedam, near Rotterdam, Holland, in 1691, the place that would become home to our family.
Holland has been home to Ketel One Vodka since its creation, where we still to this day are creating great memories with our family and friends. We work hard day in, day out, to make the best vodka possible, as you know, but we also like to let our hair down and the perfect day to do that is the renowned King’s Day.
King’s Day began in 1885 as a celebration of Princess Wilhelmina’s (heir to the Dutch throne) birthday, but was known as Prinsessedag (Princess Day). Following her accession, the holiday acquired the name Koninginnedag (Queens Day) from 1890 – 2013, until recently when Queen Beatrix abdicated and Willem-Alexander stepped up to the throne, naming the much loved holiday, Koningsdag (King’s Day).
On 27th April, Holland will come out in force to celebrate King’s Day, which is not only our biggest national event, but some say it’s on their top 10 festivals bucket list! For one day everything and everyone turns our national colour, orange, to celebrate Willem-Alexander’s birthday, including us! We’ll be celebrating King’s Day with some of our greatest friends from around the world. You’ll find us creating personalised Bloody Marys, running tours of our famous distillery and of course keep your eye out for us cruising the canals on ‘Hoop op Behoud’ boat, celebrating! Follow all of our King’s Day celebrations on #KetelOneKD.
The big question is, which cocktail will we be celebrating with? Simon Difford has created the perfect Ketel One cocktail for this occasion, the ‘Koningsadag cocktail.’ Here is what you need:
1 ½ shot Ketel One Vodka
¾ shot Orange Curacao liqueur
¼ shot King’s Ginger Liqueur
1 ½ shot Freshly extracted carrot juice
5 drops Bob’s bitter Coriander bitters
Method: Shake all the ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.
Garnish: Coriander sprig.