Bijou Bohème

1 12 oz Gin, Hendrick's
34 oz Dry vermouth, Ransom
12 oz Green Chartreuse
14 oz Elderflower liqueur, St. Germain
5 dr Orange bitters, Bittercube
1   Brandied cherry
Instructions
Stir, strain, up, garnish w/ a brandied cherry
Notes
The Ransom Vermouth makes this drink--there can be no substitution
History
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
2011 Kindred Cocktails
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1 Comment

Sorry I don't agree that

Sorry I don't agree that there's no substitution with the Ransom, subbed Dolin Blanc and Genepy and yes the resulting drink is softer, and slightly sweeter upfront but still fairly balanced given the overt bittering, especially in the aftertaste; but what do I know, I'm just a drinker not a mixologist.