The Boulevardier, a cocktail first printed in Harry McElhone’s 1927 bar guide Barflies and Cocktails (1), is a tasty whiskey variation on a Negroni (a funny description, since the Boulevardier’s publication predates the Negroni’s). Slightly tart with a silky dry mouth feel, this cocktail is perfect for a long conversation; be careful to sip it and not to drink too quickly, as it can (and will) sneak up on you. Enjoy tasting slightly different flavors at each sip, and we recommend using an orange slice as garnish to brighten the drink (and give you a last-sip-squeeze option to cleanse your palette before another cocktail).
FYI: according to some, using rye whiskey instead of bourbon makes this drink a “1794” (2), but we feel that, as with a Manhattan, the drink can be made to personal tastes with either bourbon or rye to lovely results (just be sure to clarify if ordering or ask if making it for a friend)!
1.0 oz Bourbon (or Rye!)
1.0 oz Campari
1.0 oz Sweet Vermouth
Garnish with lemon twist, cherry, or orange slice if desired
- combine in an iced mixing glass
- stir until ice cold
- strain into cocktail coupe or martini glass
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