After much ado (including a postponement, a recasting of the votes, and a rules change), Tales of the Cocktail announced their 2020 Spirited Awards winners today.
- Base Spirit Gin
- Preparation Stirred
- Flavor Boozy
- Served Up
The Bijou is as classic as you can get. The drink was created at some point in the late 19th century and enjoyed tremendous popularity for decades appearing in famed cocktail books like Harry Johnson’s “Bartender’s Manual” (1900) and Crosby Gaige’s “Standard Cocktail Guide” (1944).
The cocktail was lost to time until the 1980’s when King Cocktail, Dale Degroff rediscovered it while reading Johnson’s Book. Intrigued by the libation’s layers, Degroff began serving the cocktail and even included it in his own 2008 publication “The Essential Cocktail.”
- Combine liquids in a stirring glass with ice.
- Stir like you mean it.
- Strain into a martini glass.
- If desired, garnish with a cherry or lemon. (Or, simply express the lemon over the glass and toss the peel.)