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.
What is a Bijou Cocktail?
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.
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 centerpiece for your table, which is what we now use it for.
Let’s get down to the drink making shall we?
Ingredients in a Bijou Cocktail
The ingredients in a bijou cocktail are as follows:
- dry Gin
- Green Chartreuse
- sweet Vermouth
- orange bitters. I’m a fan of Dashfire Bitters Vintage Orange No. 1 but you can use any type of orange bitter you find.
How to Make a Bijou Cocktail
- 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 bar ware (we have way too many of these). You can see more of our collection by following me on Instagram where I share bar ware and cocktail recipes nightly.
Enjoy and drink responsibly!
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The Bijou Cocktail is a classic drink from the 1890's that combines the wonderful flavours of dry Gin, Green Chartreuse, sweet Vermouth and orange bitters.
- 3/4 oz dry Gin
- 3/4 oz Green Chartreuse
- 3/4 oz sweet Vermouth
- 1 dash Orange bitters
Combine the ingredients in a shaker with cracked ice, shake until the outside of the shaker is cold and pour over ice.
Twist lemon peel over glass and optionally serve with a cherry.