Ojen (pronounced Oh Hen) is a .125 Hex glitter with a micro dot pattern. It gives the look of ultra fine holographic glitter with a bigger cut.
Ojen was first produced in the mid-1800s by a distiller in Spain. However, the production of the liqueur ended when the distillery closed its doors in the late 1980’s.
“Ojen had gained popularity in New Orleans at the beginning of the last century, and over time had become the standby cocktail, especially during Carnival season,” says Executive Chef Phillip Todd. “In fact, some believed that New Orleans’ consumption of Ojen surpassed that of all of Spain, and considering that New Orleanians like a good drink every now and then, I’d believe it.”
The Sazerac Company revived the classic cocktail with a new production here in the United States in early 2016.
Similar to the popular king cake baby of New Orleans, the fève is a porcelain trinket traditionally placed inside of a king cake. The lucky finder of the fève becomes “king (or queen) for the day” and is obliged to provide the next king cake, or in this case—the next round of Ojen Cocktails. The Bombay Club fèves are musically themed figurines, and a full collection makes up a ten-piece jazz band.
“We just thought this was a fun way to celebrate our favorite holiday in New Orleans,” says Phillip. “If you get all ten, it’s a great collection, and it’s a unique souvenir by which to remember Carnival.”