Ahhhh…spring has finally sprung and with it comes slightly warmer temperatures, rain and flowers. It also brings spiders, mosquitos and other bugs, but let’s not get too pessimistic so early in this article. Spring was the premier inspiration for a new drink that was born right here in Springfield, Missouri. One we lovingly named “The Holy Joely” after the bartender himself.
The Holy Joely is not “divine” or “hallowed” in any way, nor is it anointed with any holy water: it is more of an expression made after indulging in that first spicy sip. We could romance this adventure up and provide a poetic backstory, but that wasn’t how this fun little cocktail was created. It went something like this:
“Hey Joely, make me something….” I asked with an inquisitive tone.
“Alright,” Joely shrugged.
And thus, The Holy Joely was born. While I would like to take some credit for the invention of this spicy alcoholic drink, I cannot. Joely did it all on his own…asexually if you will, but don’t discount this beverage based on its concoction: it has quite a kick, and one serving was enough to leave me stumbling over myself.
This is one boozy brew that could easily replace the lemonade you drink on your porch during those warm summer nights while the soothing sounds of the mosquito zapper and crickets hum in the air.
Food That Pairs Well With The Holy Joely
The strawberry and peach notes come out strong in this drink, and while one could barely taste the alcohol over the muddled jalapeño, it was there nonetheless. It was the mix of sweet and spicy which made this drink different, and one of the things I noticed about moving back to Springfield, Missouri is that everyone wants to be different, to stand out and be heard. This drink epitomizes this attitude beautifully.
Smokey, tangy and vinegary foods would all go well with this springtime beverage. A lovely Caprese salad would bode well, but if you aren’t into basil or salad, or have a thing against buffalo mozzarella, you could always go with some flatbread with balsamic reduction.
Rosemary is a herb that pairs well with this drink. For the main entrée, consider using rosemary chicken or lamb with a bit of lemon juice on spritzed over it. Creamed spinach is another dish that marries well with The Holy Joely, or really any basil or spinach-themed recipe.
Is it a Manly or Girly Drink?
This is a good question that I have been mulling over since I have tasted it. I even asked Mr. Joely if he would be caught sipping a Holy Joely, and though this bartender has been sober for the better part of 15 years, he said that he would if he still drank.
Personally, it is a classy drink served in a martini glass, but with both the muddled jalapeño and chopped pepper as a garnish, I would dub The Holy Joely an edgier beverage than most.
Come to think of it, I don’t know why people label alcoholic recipes as manly or girly… And especially with so many gender equality movements going on, and equalitarian awareness perhaps it isn’t wise to label or judge this drink one way or another. But the fact of the matter is that many of us do judge and label even if we don’t voice it out. I suppose it could sway one gender more than another: personal preference is, after all, in the neural networks and pathways embedded in the brain which link to your memories, taste buds and… I guess I could just say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Yes, that is much better. You will just have to try one out for yourself and come to your own conclusion!
Remember to drink responsibly!
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