It's the beginning of September and it’s still sweltering. Cool off by stepping inside a new Southtown hot spot and get a break from the heat. The Maverick has a wonderful list of drinks that is ever-changing, with the Le Bijou being one of their many hits, and this week’s Cocktail of the Week.
The Le Bijou, a creation by David Arciniega, is a combination of gin, Genepy De Alpes (a liqueur that falls between an absinthe and chartreuse), Bonal (which is a semi-sweet herbaceous liqueur with quinine), orange bitters and grapefruit. It is a boozy cocktail, for sure, and one that is very nicely balanced with flavors riffs that are unseen on summer menus. The quinine in the Bonal mixed with the gin mimics flavors found in a gin and tonic. The Genepy adds a nice herbal note to the mix and grapefruit and bitters are the final ingredients that round the drink out with citrus.
Arciniega came up with the drink after contemplating putting a traditional Bijou on the cocktail menu. The classic recipe calls for gin, vermouth (typically sweet), and chartreuse. This riff switches the Alpine Genepy for the chartreuse, and the Bonal for sweet vermouth. Both of these spirits are favorites of Archiniega, who says he “often sips or shoots them on their own.”
The drink is perfect for those that are fans of gin and tonics and want to try out a booze-forward cocktail, or for those that are looking to expand their repertoire of the craft cocktail industry. Le Bijou is priced at $12 and will be available on Maverick’s menu for the foreseeable future.
Erin Winch writes about boozin’ in the Alamo City on her blog Drinking In SA.