Stir, strain, up, garnish w/ a brandied cherry
The Ransom Vermouth makes this drink--there can be no substitution
I've always liked the concept of the classic Bijou, but it's been far too sweet for my taste. Adding citrus--though much improved in flavor--always clouded the drink and eliminated the "jewel" appearance.
This interpretation still keeps the sweet herbal nature of the original drink, but the substitution for the Ransom vermouth is perfection, and the addition of St. Germain help keep it balanced--sweet, but interesting