Jewel (Bijou) Cocktail

February 18, 2015

I’m constantly on the lookout for interesting glassware to use in my cocktail posts. One of my favorite weekend activities is hunting for new props (food/drink bloggers, you know what I’m talking about). Sounds like fun, right? Wait, don’t answer that. From the retail chains to the local boutiques, the thrift stores to the antique shops; it’s all one big adventure! Lately I’ve been all about the estate sales. I’m not talking a random estate sale that you happen drive by and stop to check out. But rather, on the email list and waking up at the crack of dawn on a Saturday to stand in line an hour before it opens kinda estate sale. Sometimes I feel almost like I’m on a reality show. Any agents out there? Recently at an estate sale (one time . . . at band camp) I picked up this lovely little crystal glass, along with an old 5th edition (1941) copy of the Old Mr. Boston cocktail book. I decided to celebrate with a cocktail straight from the book. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get a Chartreuse cocktail on the blog. While here in the Old Mr. Boston guide it’s referred to as the Jewel, this cocktail actually dates back to the late 1890’s where it was, and often still is, called the Bijou, French for jewel. Supposedly, the name jewel is meant to reference diamond, ruby and emerald as gin, vermouth, and chartreuse. Don’t let the similarity to a Negroni fool you. It’s much sweeter, more vegetal, and has some serious bite. But hey, it’s not every day you get the chance to sip a 120 year old cocktail, right?!

Jewel Cocktail by @HonestlyYUM

Jewel Cocktail by @HonestlyYUM

Jewel Cocktail by @HonestlyYUM

Jewel Cocktail by @HonestlyYUM

Jewel Cocktail by @HonestlyYUM



  • 3/4 oz gin
  • 3/4 oz sweet vermouth
  • 3/4 oz Green Chartreuse
  • dash of orange bitters


  • Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass full of ice and stir for 30 seconds.
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a brandied cherry.

(images by HonestlyYUM)


If you are ever in Napa Valley in California (it’s beautiful, and I mean green vineyards, blue sky beautiful) you should check out Napa Valley Distillery’s bar shop in the Oxbow Public Market right near downtown Napa. They’ve got great glassware, quite like the one you have up there! Cheers.

Yet another stunning photos! Todd, you’re totally right in you describing of great weekends for a cocktail blogger – hunting of glassware, of course. A couple of hours on some flea market are one of the best activity for my Sat 8)

But I don’t understand some words about Jewel (absolutely awesome libation, though) – it has a serious bite but Negroni don’t or not so serious? Or I’ve understood you in a bad way? You see, a lot of people think that Negroni is a real challenge 😉 Not pro, but…

Thank you for the compliments, Pavel. I suppose you’re right about the Negroni. They can definitely be a challenge. Especially to those who don’t prefer like bitter flavors. The Jewel is less bitter and more sweet, however has a higher alcohol content with the use of Chartreuse over Campari.

Oh my, this drink is full of my favorite spirits! I’m so intrigued, and what a great name (especially the French one). Loving the story of how this post came to be, and these cozy photos. Mmm…

Thank you Alanna!! I LOVE how these are your favorite spirits. Let’s meet up for a cocktail sometime to discuss 0:)

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