How to Make the Bijou Cocktail

The Bijou cocktail is one of the most famous French cocktails and comes from the martini family of cocktails. It was created by Harry Johnson and in French, Bijou means “jewel” and it received this name because the drink is made by mixing three very famous drinks that are considered to be jewels. The three jewels are Gin for Diamond, Chartreuse for Emerald and Vermouth for Ruby. The very first recipe of this cocktail is mentioned in Harry Johnson’s 1900 book called “New and Improved Bartender Manual” in which he mentioned how to make the drink by mixing all of these ingredients with ice cubes. There are different ways to make this cocktail, but in this guide we will follow Harry Johnson’s authentic recipe. If you want to learn how to make the Bijou cocktail, then simply follow the steps below.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Serving Size: One serving
Utensils: A mixing glass, a martini glass and a stirrer


– One ounce of green chartreuse
– 1 ounce of gin (Plymouth gin is preferred)
– One ounce of sweet vermouth (Martini and Rossi is preferred)
– Dash of orange bitters
– One maraschino cherry for garnishing
– One peeled twist of lemon for garnishing
– Ice cubes as required


  • 1

    Take a mixing glass and fill it with ice cubes as required.

  • 2

    Now pour one ounce of green chartreuse in it along with 1 ounce of gin, 1 ounce of sweet vermouth and a dash of orange bitters.

  • 3

    Now take a stirrer and mix all of the ingredients thoroughly.

  • 4

    Take a martini glass and strain the contents of the mixture from the mixing glass to the martini glass.

  • 5

    Garnish the drink with a twist of lemon peel and maraschino cherry. Your Bijou cocktail is ready to serve.

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