This four-ingredient classic cocktail is a jewel of a drink—convenient, as its name means “jewel” in French. Originally made with equal parts gin, Green Chartreuse and sweet vermouth, the Bijou made its first known appearance in Harry Johnson's Bartenders' Manual published in 1900. In the last decade, the drink has made something of a comeback, in part thanks to “King Cocktail” Dale DeGroff, who revived the century-old drink in his 2008 book The Essential Cocktail: The Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks with a slightly altered formula. Dry with an underlying, sweet herbaceousness, it’s a delicious alternative cocktail for the Martini drinking set.
If you like your Martinis bone dry (aka chilled gin in a glass) be forewarned—this is not the cocktail for you. The Reverse Martini is for lovers of aperitifs, bitter amaros and straight vermouth. A Martini turned on its head, this classic cocktail switches the standard ratio for gin with vermouth. Also known as the "Wet Martini," this cocktail w...