* 1 ounce gin
* 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
* 3/4 ounce green Chartreuse
* 1 dash orange bitters
Combine ingredients in an ice-filled mixing glass and stir until cold. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and lemon zest.
Looking at a recipe that includes equal parts gin and Chartreuse, “herbal” is the first word to come to mind. While the Bijou traditionally uses equal parts of the first three ingredients, I tempered the Chartreuse by uping the gin to a full ounce. If you think this might still be a little much for your tastes, use an ounce of gin and start with 1/2 ounce Chartreuse, tasting it after mixing and adding the final 1/4 ounce only if you want that extra bit.
For a bit of extra complexity, cut a wide piece of lemon zest and squeeze the oils over the surface of the glass before serving. The lemon compliments the other flavors in a really nice way.