Bijou (cocktail)

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Bijou Cocktail
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Type Cocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
Served Straight up; without ice
Standard drinkware
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Cocktail glass
Commonly used ingredients
Preparation Stir in mixing glass with ice and strain

A bijou is a mixed alcoholic drink composed of gin, vermouth, and chartreuse.[1] Bijou means "jewel" in French. It is said to have been invented by Harry Johnson. This cocktail is called Bijou because it combines the colors of three jewels: gin for diamond, vermouth for ruby, and chartreuse for emerald. An original-style Bijou is made stirred with ice as Harry Johnson's 1900 "New and Improved Bartender Manual" states "mix well with a spoon and serve." This recipe is also one of the oldest in the manual dating back to 1890s.


Pour everything into an ice-filled mixing glass. Stir gently for a few seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist. Serve chilled.

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  1. ^ "Bijou Cocktail". Washington Post. 28 Nov 2007.