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Bijou Cocktail


The Bijou cocktail is a drink built with gin, sweet vermouth, and green Chartreuse!

Bijou Cocktail Info

This pre-Prohibition cocktail consists of sweet vermouth, gin, and green Chartreuse. The original recipe called for equal parts of all three ingredients, plus a few drops of orange bitters. Modern palates find these proportions too cloying. The modern version increases the amount of gin and decreases the amount of green Chartreuse. This makes the drink more balanced and easier to enjoy for everyone.

Harry Johnson, a bartender in Bartender's Manual 1900, is credited with creating the cocktail. He is believed to have named the drink for the jewel-toned ingredients. "Bijou" means French for "jewel".


This is a slightly modified version of the Bijou cocktail.


5 from 2 votes
Course: Cocktail, Drink
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 minute
Mix Time: 1 minute
Servings: 1 Serving(s)


  • 25 ml Green Chartreuse
  • 45 ml Gin
  • 30 ml Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 Dashes Angostura Bitter ((Orange))


  • Add ice to your mixing glass.
  • Add your ingredients.
  • Stir it cold.
  • Strain into a cocktail glass.
  • Serve!

Video Instructions

Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 10g | Iron: 1mg
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