Negroni Week: Boulevardier

Negroni Week: Boulevardier

Negroni Week: Boulevardier

The Boulevardier

Any cocktail is open to interpretation, and the Negroni is no exception. As legend goes, back in the 1920s a gent by the name of Erskine Gwynne took the classic Negroni recipe and swapped out the gin for whiskey and called it a Boulevardier. Gwynne published a magazine called (wait for it … ) Boulevardier, and he seems to have liked the name enough to brand his new cocktail with it as well.

Negroni Week: Boulevardierardier

Most often recipes for this drink call for bourbon, but you can use rye if that’s your preference.

Negroni Week: Boulevardier

Boulevardier Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz. Four Roses Bourbon
  • 3/4 oz. Carpano Antica
  • 3/4 oz. Campari

How to Mix a Boulevardier

The Boulevardier is, like the classic Negroni, a stirred drink. I used Four Roses here because that’s what I had on hand, but Buffalo Trace and Elijah Craig work very well, too.

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice, and stir for 20 to 30 seconds. Strain into a coupe over ice. You can also use an Old Fashioned glass, but I like how the drink looks in a coupe. Garnish with a twist of lemon. Enjoy.

Although a Negroni’s ingredients are mixed in a 1:1:1 ratio, most everyone makes the Boulevardier a little heavier on the bourbon and lighter on the other two components, which makes the drink slightly less bitter but intensely more complex. I like this one a lot.

Tomorrow I’ll continue this journey into the world of Negroni-like cocktails. Stay tuned!


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