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Bijou Cocktail - The Cocktail Spirit with Robert Hess - Small Screen

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Published on Dec 11, 2010

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How to Make Bijou Cocktail

Some seem to think the Bijou cocktail should be a layered drink, but it isn't. The Bijou (meaning jewel in French) cocktail was reportedly invented by Harry Johnson in the 1890's. The oldest recipe I have comes from his 1900 "New And Improved Bartenders Manual", where the instructions clearly state "mix well with a spoon and serve." I can understand why somebody might think the layered presentation would be more appropriate, but it was not the way this drink was originally intended to be served.

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Recipe:
1 ounce Beefeater gin
1 ounce Chartreuse
1 ounce sweet vermouth
1 dash orange bitters

Instructions:
Stir ingredients with ice.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with lemon twist and a cherry.

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