Bijou Cocktail

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18. August 2013 by swizzzlestick

The word Bijou means “jewel” in French. This old-fashioned cocktail is called Bijou because it combines the colors of three jewels: gin for diamond, vermouth for ruby, and chartreuse for emerald. The original recipe is from  Harry Johnson’s “New and Improved Bartender Manual”, 1900. In contrary to the original recipe I have chosen one where the gin portion is increased and the vermouth and Chartreuse portion decreased, resulting in a drier cocktail.


2 ounces gin

1/2 ounce sweet Vermouth

1/2 ounce green Chartreuse

1 dash Orange Bitters


Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice. Strain in a cocktail coupe. Garnish with an amarena or mascara cherry.

Bijou Cocktail



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