Cocktail Experiments: the Joya

Posted on Jan 11, 2016


Cocktail Experiments: the Joya

As I hope you’ve been able to tell by now, we’re big fans of creating new cocktails by means of variation on a theme. It can be extremely challenging to come up with a cocktail recipe from a completely blank slate. But it’s very fun, you learn a lot about your ingredients, and you have a pretty high success rate when you start from an existing recipe.

Hands-down our favorite base for cocktail experimentation is the Negroni:

1 base spirit (gin in the original);

1 fortified wine (sweet vermouth i.t.o.);

1 liqueur (Campari i.t.o.)

The balanced proportions make experimenting easy. The three ingredients allow for plenty of possibilities. And altogether this creates a great environment for endless, enjoyable riffing. Making new iterations of the Negroni is the closest I get to what I imagine playing jazz would be like.

Our friend Dan and we had a little cocktail jam session (via text message) this weekend that led to an excellent new recipe, the Joya.

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It starts with the Bijou. The Bijou is actually older than the Negroni (Thanks, Cocktail Chronicles!), but it has the same 1:1:1 proportions, and shares two ingredients; it’s gin, sweet vermouth, and green Chartreuse (with a dash of bitters). Our Thursday’s Comfort is a variation on the Bijou. The Bijou is delicious, and a particular favorite of Dan.

For a Negroni-themed party awhile ago, we created what we call the Latin Negroni, in which we trade the standard ingredients for their closest Spanish or Latin American equivalents:

Gin ——————-> Tequila

Sweet Vermouth —-> Sherry

Campari ————-> Orange Curacao

It’s a spicy and sour spin on the usually bittersweet Negroni.

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But why stop there with the variations? Dan had the idea to Bijou-ize our Latin Negroni:

Gin ——————-> Tequila ———–> Tequila

Sweet Vermouth —-> Sherry ————> Sherry

Campari ————-> Orange Curacao -> Green Chartreuse

He named it the Joya (joya and bijou mean ‘jewel’ in Spanish and French respectively).

The next variation is your move.

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The Joya

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. tequila
  • 1 oz. sherry (Amontillado or Oloroso. Fino is too dry, and cream too sweet)
  • 1 oz. green Chartreuse

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Instructions

  • stir all ingredients with ice for 40 rotations;
  • strain and serve;
  • enjoy;
  • think of the next step of variation.

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