Taking its name from the word for ‘seed’ in Quechan languages, Monica, Simone and Alex have each designed one of the Muyu liqueurs – Jasmine Verte, Chinotto Nero and Vetiver Gris respectively. Working closely with De Kuyper Royal Distillers, the Dutch family business with over 320 years of experience in distilling high quality liqueurs, they have created a new way of composing flavour. Much like a ‘nose’ in perfumery, they compose individual ingredients to create their own blends which convey concepts of jasmine, chinotto and vetiver.
Each liquid begins with the extraction of a single note – the eponymous ingredient of each liqueur. Then the secondary sequence of ingredients are wrapped around each note to create a completely developed and complex liquid. A number of different techniques, including enfleurage, steam distillation, C02 extraction, and resinoïds, are used to extract the chosen flavours. These are then blended with alcohol, sugar, acids and water to create the final liquid.
The liqueurs are presented in bottles inspired by Muyu’s connection to the Amazon. Details include digital re-imaginings of traditional patterns used in body painting by indigenous communities in the region, references to global flora and fauna, and the colours of the rainforest itself. The overall aim is to capture the contrast of strength and fragility in the natural world.
Embodying Alex, Monica and Simone’s passion for creating the best tasting cocktails – a passion shared by De Kuyper
Royal Distillers – Muyu has been designed to be shared in highballs, mixed in cocktails and drunk on the rocks: