I was introduced to the locally distilled Dutch liquor called Genever at a canal-side cafe in Amsterdam. The eccentric cafe owner was kind enough to give us a complimentary shot and enlighten us on the history of the drink. He explained that Genever was invented in Holland in the late 16th Century. During this time, Holland was thriving from spice trade and was very wealthy. It became tradition to pour a little of the Genever on the table and then fill the shot to the very tip of the class to where you must lean down and sip the top in order to pick it up without spilling. This showed outsiders that their country was so wealthy, they had enough to waste. Originally sold as medicine, Genever is the drink from which gin evolved. In Holland, you must be at least 16 years old to drink beer or wine and 18 to consume spirits.