Queen Julia Jax

Recipe and excerpt from Project 258: Making Dinner at Fish & Game. Be sure to get the recipe for Sour Cherry Cordial before whipping up the cocktail.


As a March break concluded, Jori and Madison emailed back and forth about the bar’s depleted inventory and the lamentable lack of any fresh herbs for garnishing cocktails. Madison had been thinking about something with lovage cordial and gin, but Jori suggested sour cherry because there was more of it in stock. Made with Beefeater, an early attempt at this combination tasted too much like a Martini. Ransom’s Old Tom Gin, however, worked famously with Ransom’s vermouth—almost as if they were made to go together—and meshed beautifully with the previous summer’s fruit cordial.

Because smudging the glass purges it of evil spirits, banishing the bad juju, Jori named the drink Queen Julia Jax after Julia Jackson, a famous New Orleans voodoo queen in the 1940s and a character in Dr. John’s “Jump Sturdy” from his immortal debut album Gris-Gris.

By / Photography By Peter Barrett | May 15, 2017


Light a bundle of dried sweet grass, wild thyme and clover. Invert a coupe over the burning end and fill the glass with smoke. Combine all ingredients with ice and stir. Strain into a glass and serve.


  • ¾ ounce Sour Cherry Cordial
  • ¾ ounce Ransom Dry Vermouth
  • 1½ ounces Ransom Old Tom Gin
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