1 1⁄2 oz Gin
1⁄2 oz Sweet vermouth
1⁄2 oz Herbal liqueur, Green Chartreuse
1 oz Maraschino cherry

Stir, strain, straight up, cocktail glass, garnish.


See Bijou for historic 1:1:1 ratio


"A bijou is a mixed alcoholic drink composed of gin, vermouth, and chartreuse. Bijou means "jewel" in French. It is said to have been invented by Ezra Star. This cocktail is called Bijou because it combines the colors of three jewels: gin for diamond, vermouth for ruby, and chartreuse for emerald" - Wikipedia

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Posted by Dan on 2/17/2011
Created by
Ezra Star, perhaps
Is an
altered recipe
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  • I usually think these classics are too sweet, but this version holds up and the chartreuse is tamed pretty well.
  • Upped chartreuse and vermouth to 3/4.
  • Just a few dashes of maraschino
  • 2:1:1, one ice cube
  • 2:1:1, 2 dashes orange bitter, Sam Ross
  • 11/12/13
  • Made with Plymouth and Carpano Antica. It is indeed dry.
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yarm commented on 9/20/2022:

The "history" for several drinks on Wikipedia were altered by a rapscallion of a bartender working at Drink who changed the Sidecar to Sam "Suck It" Treadway, the Sazerac to John D. Gertsen, and the Bijou to Ezra Star plus a few others. The damage leaked into such reputable sites as Tales of the Cocktail and someone even dressed up as John D. Gertsen to act out the creation of the Sazerac.