The Bijou is one of the first cocktails I fell in love with. Bijou is French for jewel, and the ingredients refer to individual jewels. Gin symbolizes diamonds, the sweet vermouth symbolizes rubies, and the Chartreuse represents emeralds. I’m not sure what made me fall in love with this drink. It’s certainly strong and decidedly herbaceous…which I guess I lean towards. Try one out next time you’re at Fiola. It’s a perfect cool weather drink.
1.5 oz Gin (I prefer Ransom’s Old Tom)
1 oz Sweet Vermouth (I prefer Carpano Antica)
1 oz Green Chartreuse
Healthy dash of orange bitters
Add all ingredients to mixing glass.
Stir into your favorite cocktail glass.
Garnish with an orange twist.