Hiroshi Iwahara is a Japanese master woodworking artist who has designed groundbreaking and innovatively engineered works of art. His “Trinary Box” requires 324 moves to open based on a triple movement mechansim! For Iwahara’s trinary masterpiece I wanted a cocktail with three ingredients which blended seamlessly together. I’m a huge fan of the Negroni (and have featured many variations before) which is the ultimate three part cocktail. The original, which you may know, includes gin, sweet vermouth and Campari. For this version, which I call “Trinary Motion”, the gin is replaced with a fine Japanese whisky. I’ve also swapped the Campari for its lighter and brighter sibling, Aperol. The drink is pleasantly balanced, elegant, and smooth, with a distinctly Japanese flavor. It’s a perfect pairing with which to toast this incredible artist.


Here’s to life’s unexpected twists, which add increasing complexity to the puzzle. May our fates be made richer for them. Cheers!

Trinary Motion

1 oz Japanese Whisky

1 oz Sweet Vermouth

1 oz Aperol

Stir ingredients with ice and strain into a favorite glass. Garnish with an a-peeling trio.


For more about the ingenious Trinary Box:

Boxes and Booze: Triple Twist (Apothecary Part V)