a boozy classic named for the French word for Jewel

Jen should probably write this one because this drink it right up her alley, but you’re stuck with me today. The Bijou is another classic gin cocktail, but this one is on the bitter side due to Campari playing a large role in its creation.

We should probably talk a little bit about Chartreuse, as it is such an interesting liquor with a storied history. If you are following this blog then you probably at least know of Chartreuse as a color, a greenish, limey yellow. Well, the name of that color comes from Chartreuse liquor which comes in both yellow and green varieties.

But what is it exactly? The truth is, only one monk knows. It is said to have over 130 ingredients and the recipe is top secret. The green is stronger than the yellow, but both have a mostly sweet, slightly bitter herbal flavor with a hint of anise. If you ask my husband Steve, there is definitely some mint in there and he describes it as flowery. Don’t underestimate it though, Green Chartreuse is clocking in at 55 proof!

So, in the Bijou, the Green Chartreuse and sweet vermouth bring the sweetness to counteract the bitterness of the Campari, but this is still a drink for people who enjoy bitter cocktails. Jen’s favorite cocktail is the Negroni, so this one is also high on her list! 

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  • Author: Liz Sloan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 1 Cocktail


1 ounce gin 

1 ounce sweet vermouth 

3/4 ounce green Chartreuse 

1/4 ounce Campari 

Garnish: orange twist 


Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir. 

Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. 

Garnish with an orange twist. 

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