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.