The Weekly Cocktail Recipe – Joyeux Bordel’s ‘Jolly Mess’


By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food

Opened in April by Experimental Group, the team behind the likes of Experimental Cocktail Club and Compagnie des Vins, Joyeux Bordel is situated upon Shoreditch’s Curtain Road. Taking over the East London basement, Joyeux Bordel is essentially a cocktail bar, but there’s also a strong focus on music as well – featuring a vintage sound system with emphasis on vinyl and an eclectic music programme that embraces afro, soul, funk, and disco through until the early hours.

As well as this, however, the bar have recently unveiled a brand new menu update especially for the colder months, notably including this week’s cocktail recipe for their Jolly Mess – including rye, Antica formula, Eaux de Vie Poire, cardamom syrup and chocolate bitters. Here’s how to recreate the drink at home this weekend.


40 ml Vulson White Rhino Rye

20ml Antica Formula

12.5ml Eaux de Vie Poire

1 barspoon Cardamom Syrup

1 drop Chocolate Bitters


1. Place all ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice and stir until well chilled.

2. Pour into a coupette and garnish with a cherry.

Joyeux Bordel can be found at 147 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3QE.

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