Caesaar’ke: Tongers witteke

Although Hasselt is the place to go for jenever, Tongeren also has its own authentic version of this spirited drink. Our Caesaar’ke (named after the legendary Roman emperor who called us the bravest of all the Gauls) is a tasty brandy made from barley and rye. ‘Tongers witteke’, as we also call it, is a smooth drink that our chefs love to add to festive dishes. It also plays a leading role in a unique vintage creation devised by cocktail specialist Jeroen Jannes.

Caesaar’ke cocktail: Julius Collins

Julius Collins is a long drink cocktail named after a certain Roman emperor and general. Here’s how to shake up a Julius Collins for yourself.

Place the following ingredients in a shaker:

  • 6 cl Caesaar’ke
  • 3 cl fresh lemon juice
  • 1.5 cl watercress syrup
  • 2 dashes or half a teaspoon of Rhubarb Bitters

Add a handful of ice cubes. Shake all the ingredients vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain the drink into a long-drinks glass filled with ice cubes. Top up with soda or a premium tonic. Garnish with a slice of dried lemon and a small sprig of watercress. Sôté!*

* Tongeren dialect for ‘Cheers!’