Bijou

Here's one to file away for the 'random useless knowledge' category should you ever be on Jeopardy. 

Another classic gin cocktail, the Bijou translates to jewel in French. Why you ask? Because it combines three spirits, each representing a different jewel - gin for diamond, vermouth for ruby and Chartreuse for emerald. Pretty cool, huh?

The drink dates way back to the 1880s when it was first mentioned in Harry Johnson’s 1882 Bartender’s Manual. It's another example of how sweet vermouth and gin go hand-in-hand but it's a intensely-flavored cocktail, thanks in part to the addition of the Chartreuse.

For this one, we've grabbed our bottle of Abernathy Gin. Made here in TN, it's made using a vapor infusion technique and a special blend of nine botanicals including juniper, coriander, cassia, citrus peels and pecans to create a New American craft gin, with less intense flavor than the traditional London Dry Gins.

 

equipment:

cocktail mixing glass
barspoon
strainer
cocktail glass

ingredients:

1 oz Abernathy Gin
1 oz sweet vermouth
1 oz Green Chartreuse
1 dash orange bitters
strip of orange zest to garnish


method:

Start by chilling your cocktail glass. Add the booze and bitters to your mixing glass, fill with ice and stir to chill. Strain into your glass and garnish with orange zest.