The Bijou Cocktail was created in the late 1800s and appears in classic cocktail books like The Savoy and Harry Johnson’s Bartender’s Manual. It’s sweet and fiercely herbal, but it’s also surprisingly elegant and well-balanced. Play around with your vermouths for fun effect, and note the difference between mainstays like Dolin and richer vermouths like Carpano Antica.
If the drink is simply too much to handle, try changing the ratios to two parts gin, one part vermouth and one part Green Chartreuse.
1 oz London Dry Gin
1 oz Green Chartreuse
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
1 dash Orange Bitters
Stir all ingredients with ice until cold, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel or a luxardo cherry.