As the Gulf Coast wakes up to another morning of promises from their good friend, BP, the world waits to see if their latest containment cap scheme will finally stop the gushing oil.
After 83 days of being pounded by black crude, the Louisiana Bayou has been sent through the ringer. Add to that, the after-effects of Hurricane Katrina are still present and we’ve got ourselves a region in need of a stiff drink. This Classic Cocktail Tuesday is devoted to you, Gulf Coast. I give you the Bijou for the Bayou.
Pronounced “Bee-zhoo”, the Bijou appeared on the cocktail scene in the late 1800’s. Meaning “jewel” in French, it is a full-flavored, herbal dynamo that is certainly not for the faint of heart.
A classic spin on the sweet martini, the Bijou has seen a number of variations over the last century, often with bartenders scaling back the Chartreuse and Italian Vermouth to modernize it and bring down the sweetness factor.
When Rachel Maddow made one for Jimmy Falon last year on his TV show, the amount of Green Chartreuse flying off the shelves in this country no doubt increased ten-fold. And thus, those buyers met a very special spirit…
Flavored with over 130 herbal extracts, Green Chartreuse is a French liqueur which first became wildly popular in the 1740’s. Made by Carthusian monks, it is named after the Grand Chartreuse, their monastery located in the Chartreuse Mountains near Grenoble.
PART AND PARCEL
- 1 oz Dry Gin
- 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
- 1 oz Green Chartreuse
- 1 dash of Orange Bitters
- Cherry garnish
(For a less sweet version, try 1.5 oz Gin, 3/4 oz Vermouth and 3/4 oz Chartreuse)
FILLING THE BILL
Combine the ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with shaved (or chipped) ice. Get out your trusty bar spoon and stir for about 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and pop in a cherry.
Here’s hoping the oil spill will be stopped before we reach the 100th day. Or better yet, here’s hoping America will finally wake the f up and move away from oil completely.
The Gulf Coast is too much of a jewel to put up with this shit any longer…