At the Bar: The Bijou at O Bar
What’s in a name? The Bijou is an apt appellation for this classy little cocktail found at O Bar, the sleek rooftop lounge on the 7th floor of Midtown’s Ambassador Hotel.
In addition to giving the drink its namesake color and an intriguingly complex flavor, the Chartreuse adds an impressive power boost: it’s packed with herbs and 110 proof. French monks invented this liqueur a couple of hundred years ago and have kept the recipe a secret.
It’s one of those concoctions that gets a lot of PR mileage out of playing up its closely guarded mystery; supposedly only two living souls know the exact mixture and proportions of the 100-plus ingredients. Whatever’s in it, it enlivens a cocktail nicely; ask O Bar’s bartender Mike Rahill
to make you a Bijou, and savor it yourself.
► The Bijou
• 1/3 Gin
• 1/3 Chartreuse
• 1/3 Dolan’s Sweet Vermouth
• A dash of orange bitters