ShakingSupper: A Cocktail Night With Tess Posthumus

Tess Posthumus cocktails shakingsupper

Tess Posthumus cocktails

Tess Posthumus cocktails 
Tess Posthumus cocktails 

Tess Posthumus cocktails

It isn’t that often you get to spend an evening in bed, having food and delicious cocktails served to you while a topless showgirl dances in front of you. That for me, was last Thursday. We got to enjoy a cocktail night with Tess Posthumus, the 26-year-old bartender / cocktail shaker from Breda, who is winning one award after the other with her now (in)famous cocktails. Tess, who looks like she just came from the runway, sleek hair pulled back, all suited up and stuff, should be no stranger to Door 74 regulars. Tess may have started there as a student but is now a Door 74 superwoman. Tess has teamed up with Amsterdam’s Supperclub chef Joey de Vries to create a mouthwatering menu of food & cocktails (a first in the Netherlands perhaps): Shakingsupper. We were there to have a look – here’s what we had.

First course

Tess Posthumus cocktails

Salmon / cucumber / yuzu ice / wasabi crumble / ponzu

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Green Gin / Beefeater gin / Dilmah green tea / lemongrass syrup / fresh lime juice / slice of cucumber

Second course

Tess Posthumus cocktails

Salad of celeriac / figs / walnuts / radish / blue cheese

Tess Posthumus cocktails shakingsupper

Whattup Punk / Brewdog Punk IPA / Doorly’s rum / fresh lemon juice / pineapple syrup / angostura bitters / fig

Third course

Tess Posthumus cocktails

Cod / tomato jelly / avocado / verveine / Hollandaise sauce

Tess Posthumus cocktails shakingsupper

Spicy Nemo / Absolut pepper / Cointreau / strawberry-carrot syrup / fresh lemon juice / Regan’s Orange bitters / carrot

Main course

Tess Posthumus cocktails

Guinea fowl / chicory / mushrooms / truffle

Tess Posthumus cocktails shakingsupper

The Pearl / Remy Martin / Mozart dry / Chambord / cacao dust / blue berries

Dessert

Tess Posthumus cocktails

Orange / champagne / roses

Tess Posthumus cocktails shakingsupper

Rita’s Rose / prosecco / Lilet Blanc / roses-orange syrup / fresh lemon juice / orange zest / rose petals

The verdict? All the cocktails were paired perfectly with the dishes we were served. The yuzu ice cream and ponzu in the first course worked well with the lemongrass, cucumber, lime juice and gin. It was a great way to start the evening. I didn’t finish the cocktail (we were only beginning) but I could have gone for a second. The beer cocktail (which I quite liked, even though I don’t drink beer) could have had a more meaty dish to offset the bitterness of the beer, but otherwise it was a great contrast with the walnuts and blue cheese of the second course. And then came Spicy Nemo – a welcome peppery surprise with the cod dish. This cocktail reminds me of one of my favourite (spicy) cocktails at Door74, which makes me wonder whether this is one of Tess’ signature mixes. The Remy Martin in the fourth cocktail was a bit too strong for me but I know K would have loved this one. But it went well with the guinea fowl, a heavy substance for heavier meats. The champagne cocktail was just great. It’s a cocktail I see working at a ladies’ night out, a bachelorette or, you know, a Tuesday night.

Be sure to check out ShakingSupper (it only takes place four times a year!). A cocktail night with Tess Posthumus and Joey de Vries‘ lovely food & cocktail menu, you won’t want to miss it.

Tess Posthumus and Joey de Vries (Supper Club) present ShakingSupper
Supper club Amsterdam / Jonge Roelensteeg 21 / 1012 PL Amsterdam
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