The first time we had this cocktail was at Green Street Grill in Cambridge. Quite the unassuming exterior (and website), but the food and drinks are to die for. If there's one thing that's obvious after your first sip of The Bijou, it's how herbal it is, especially if you're using a quality gin. The origins of this classic cocktail date back to 1900, created by Harry Johnson in the "New and Improved Bartender Manual."
Bijou translates to "jewel" in French. While some cocktail names seem like they're made out of thin air, this one has a very specific meaning. According to Wikipedia, "it combines the colors of three jewels: gin for diamond, vermouth for ruby, and chartreuse for emerald." Good enough for us!
1 1/2 oz gin
3/4 oz green Chartreuse
1 oz sweet vermouth
2 dashes orange bitters
Stir all ingredients in mixing glass with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.
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