The Bijou

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Author Notes: A cocktail from the 19th century, slightly updated for modern tastes. Bijou is French for jewel because the three ingredients theoretically represented jewels: gin for diamonds, sweet vermouth for rubies, Green Chartreuse for emeralds. Classy! I love this drink but it is kind of weird and intense and herbal. If the combination of gin and chartreuse is just too herbaceous for you, you can also try replacing the gin with rye whiskey (which would basically make the cocktail known as the Greenpoint) or with Irish whiskey (to make the drink known as the Tipperary).fiveandspice

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Serves 1

  • 1.5 ounces gin (preferably a lighter style gin, like a Plymouth Gin – when I make it I use Boreal Cedar Gin from our distillery)
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • .5 ounces Green Chartreuse
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  1. Stir all the ingredients with ice until well chilled (20-30 seconds), and strain into a cocktail coupe. Cheers.

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