Joy Division
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Joy Division
Cocktail recipe

Rating

3.85 / 5
The Joy Division is a sophisticated cocktail that delivers a harmonious blend of herbal and citrus notes through its thoughtful combination of dry gin, white vermouth, triple sec, and a ... more The Joy Division is a sophisticated cocktail that delivers a harmonious blend of herbal and citrus notes through its thoughtful combination of dry gin, white vermouth, triple sec, and a hint of absinthe. Named after the famed post-punk band, its bold and complex flavor profile hints at depth and edge, much like the music that inspired its name. Typically served in a chic cocktail glass, the Joy Division is often garnished with a lemon twist to enhance its aromatic qualities and add a touch of brightness, making it an elegant choice for those who appreciate a cocktail with character and a smooth, dry finish.
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Lemon
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33.14% | 3.48 units *

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Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Joy Division

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Mix the ingredients in a mixing glass with plenty of cubed and crushed ice
Stir for at least 45 seconds, let it rest for a further 30 then add in some more cracked ice before stirring again
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist before serving

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Stir  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  ·  Twist  · 

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Why is the Joy Division cocktail stirred and not shaken?

The Joy Division, like many classic cocktails incorporating clear liquors and vermouth, is stirred instead of shaken to maintain its clarity and delicate flavors. Stirring gently combines the ingredients without introducing air, ensuring the cocktail remains clear and the texture silky. Shaking, on the other hand, would aerate the drink, making it cloudy and altering its texture and taste profile.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute another type of vermouth for white vermouth in a Joy Division cocktail?

Yes, you can substitute another type of vermouth for white vermouth in a Joy Division cocktail, though it will alter the flavor profile. Dry vermouth is a common substitute, offering a similar dry, aromatic quality, although it will change the drink's taste slightly. Sweet vermouth could also be used for a richer, sweeter variant, but this would create a substantially different cocktail.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What garnish pairs well with the Joy Division cocktail?

The Joy Division cocktail, with its unique blend of flavors from triple sec, absinthe, dry gin, and white vermouth, pairs well with a simple lemon twist garnish. The citrus aroma from the lemon twist enhances the drink's herbal and citrus notes without overpowering its delicate balance.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of the Joy Division compare to a standard martini?

The Joy Division cocktail has an alcohol content of approximately 33.14%, which places it in the similar range as a standard martini. Martinis, depending on their preparation (ratio of gin/vermouth) and ingredients, typically vary between 30% to 40% alcohol by volume. Thus, the Joy Division offers a comparable strength, making it an alternative for those who enjoy strong, spirit-forward cocktails.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the ideal setting or occasion to serve a Joy Division cocktail?

The Joy Division cocktail, with its sophisticated blend of flavors and stylish presentation, is ideally served at evening gatherings, cocktail parties, or dinners where its elegance and complexity can be appreciated. Its strong, spirit-forward nature makes it a perfect pre-dinner drink, setting a refined tone for the evening.

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