The word Bijou in French means “jewels” which was the inspiration for the Bijou Cocktail created by Harry Johnson in the 1890’s. Having three main ingredients; Gin represents diamond, Sweet Vermouth ruby and Green Chartreuse emerald. It could be considered a Negroni of sorts but is unique unto itself by virtue of the Chartreuse’s herbal accents. Though lost to most after prohibition, the Bijou Cocktail is a classic worthy of exploring. The original recipe calls for equal parts of the spirits, though as years have passed, as is typical, other bartenders have suggested their own proportions as being best. Below we offer you the original measures and leave it to you to adjust to your own palate.
The Bijou Cocktail
In a shaker glass filled with ice add:
- 1 Ounce Gin
- 1 Ounce Green Chartreuse
- 1 Ounce Sweet Vermouth
- 1 Dash Orange Bitters
Stir well to chill then strain into a cocktail saucer. Garnish with a lemon twist or maraschino cherry (optional).