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 Originally made with equal parts gin, Green Chartreuse and sweet vermouth, the Bijou made its first known appearance in Harry Johnson's Bartenders' Manual published in 1900.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.
This sherry-based aperitif was created in the 1860s at the Waldorf-Astoria in honor of Adonis, an extremely popular Broadway burlesque musical at the time about a hunky male statue who (spoiler alert) comes to life only to find humanity so unbearable that he chooses to turn back to stone. Were he to have been given this velvety cocktail, he might h...