Old Fashioned Cocktails – Boulevardier:
When was the Boulevardier Invented?
The Boulevardier cocktail originated in the United States during Prohibition, when a large number of American bartenders fled their homes to the European continent, and it was this situation that led Harry MacElhone, the creator of the classic cocktail, to go to Europe, not only to expose bartenders to new spirits but also to promote the history of producing quality cocktails in the United States.
Replace the dry gin in the Negroni with whiskey and you get the Boulevardier. The combination of vermouth and Campari is The most natural choice of aperitif, if you bring out a Negroni and a Boulevardier at a party, there is a good chance that your guests will not be disappointed!
What You Need
bourbon or rye whiskey
bitter orange aperitif (such as Campari®)
How to Make a Boulevardier
- Fill a mixing glass or cocktail shaker with ice.
- Add the whiskey, sweet vermouth, and Campari to the mixing glass or shaker.
- Stir well using a bar spoon or stirring rod for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
- Strain the mixture into a chilled rocks glass or coupe glass over a large ice cube.
- Garnish with a twist of orange peel by expressing the oils over the drink and rubbing the peel around the rim of the glass before dropping it in.
Tip For Making a Boulevardier
- One important tip for making a perfect Boulevardier is to use high-quality ingredients, especially when it comes to the whiskey and vermouth. Look for a quality bourbon or rye whiskey that has a good balance of sweetness and spice, and a sweet vermouth that is not too sweet and has a complex flavor.
- The Campari is a key ingredient that adds a bitter note and a bright red color to the drink, so use a fresh bottle of Campari to ensure that the flavor is not too overpowering. When mixing the drink, use a bar spoon or stirring rod to stir the ingredients rather than shaking them, which can lead to over-dilution and a less smooth mouthfeel.
- Finally, make sure to strain the drink into a chilled glass and use a large, single ice cube if desired to keep the drink cold without watering it down too much. With these tips, you can create a perfectly balanced and flavorful Boulevardier every time.