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Good evening Ladies and Gents! Today, I’m going to share with you a “gem” of a cocktail, the Bijou (which ironically means Jewel in French). This is for all of you Gin fans out there, of which there are many. I’m not much of a Chartreuse fan myself but this cocktail actually makes good use of it.

The Bijou cocktail, according to Wikipedia, is called this because it combines the colors of three jewels: gin for diamond, vermouth for ruby, and chartreuse for emerald and dates back to the 1890’s. Since you know I’m all about the vintage cocktails, this one seemed like a great recipe to share.


Yes, for those of you who want to know, this stand you see in the shot above was sold at Chapters / Indigo and is only $40 if you want to buy your own.

It also makes a wicked centrepiece for your table, which is what we now use it for, as you can see in this shot:

Click here to purchase from Indigo.

Let’s get down to the drink making shall we? You’ll need dry Gin, Green Chartreuse, sweet Vermouth and orange bitters. I’m a fan of Dashfire Bitters Vintage Orange No. 1 but you can use any type of orange bitter you find.

To prepare, combine the ingredients in a shaker with cracked ice and strain into a glass of your choosing. Use a nice lemon peel twist to garnish.

In this shot, you can see we’ve used an awesome Pheasant glass from our¬†collection of vintage barware (we have way too many of these). You can see more of our collection by following me on Instagram where I share barware and cocktail recipes nightly.

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Bijou Cocktail Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs 33 mins

A classic drink from the 1890's that combines the wonderful flavours of dry Gin, Green Chartreuse, sweet Vermouth and orange bitters.

Course: cocktails
Author: Mr. Kitchen Magpie
  • 3/4 oz dry Gin3/4 oz Green Chartreuse3/4 oz sweet Vermouth1 dash Orange bitters
  1. Combine in shaker with cracked ice, shake and pour over ice. Twist lemon peel over glass and optionally serve with a cherry.
Nutrition Facts
Bijou Cocktail Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 0
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Enjoy and drink responsibly!

Mr. Magpie


I don't cook or bake but I do write. I'm the one who gets stuck with the cleaning. I ALSO love my kids, chocolate, my wife and bourbon. The order depends on when you ask. You can find me on Instagram@MrKitchenMagpie

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