Bijou Cocktail - The Cocktail Spirit With Robert Hess

Some seem to think the Bijou cocktail should be a layered drink, but it isn't. The Bijou (meaning jewel in French) cocktail was reportedly invented by Harry Johnson in the 1890's. The oldest recipe I have comes from his 1900 "New And Improved Bartenders Manual", where the instructions clearly state "mix well with a spoon and serve." I can understand why somebody might think the layered presentation would be more appropriate, but it was not the way this drink was originally intended to be served.


Beefeater gin 1 Ounce
Chartreuse 1 Ounce
Sweet vermouth 1 Ounce
Orange bitters 1 Dash
Lemon twist 1
Cherry 1



In a mixing glass stir gin, chartreuse, sweet vermouth and orange bitters with ice.

Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with lemon twist and cherry.


Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Servings: 1

Nutrition Facts

Serving size Complete recipe

Calories 139Calories from Fat

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat %

Saturated Fat %

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 2 mg0.08%

Total Carbohydrates 14 g4.7%

Dietary Fiber %

Sugars 12 g

Protein %

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet