The Boulevardier cocktail, made with bourbon and Campari, has a smooth, smooth taste and a storied history. You’re not going to want to miss either.
How did the Boulevardier get its name?
The authors of this recipe explains that this “mahogany sipper” boasts notes of “candied nuts and cigar.” They also explain that it was the drink of Alfred Vanderbilt’s nephew, Erskine Gwynne, who was the editor of the Parisian magazine, The Boulevardier. It’s an update of a drink called the Old Pal, replacing that cocktail’s rye whiskey and dry vermouth with bourbon and sweet vermouth. For a modern palate, we like to up the whiskey ratio a bit to let the bourbon shine. Dark and smooth, this is a stunning drink with well-balanced notes of grapefruit, wood, and caramelized sugar.”
- Quick Glance
- Quick Glance
- 5 M
- 5 M
- Serves 1 stingily, 2 graciously
Stir the bourbon, Campari, and vermouth together in a tall glass with ice and strain it into a chilled coupe glass.
Garnish with an orange twist.
Before you’re finished, make yourself another.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
This Boulevardier is a new cocktail to add to your repertoire. A sophisticated sipper with a bitter earthiness that’s balanced with a little sweetness. The recipe is simple and straightforward with ingredients that aren't too expensive and probably won't be collecting dust on your bar cart. The author’s mention of the original cocktail, the Old Pal, really made me want to try it so as to see which I like better. I think I could do with a little less sweet and more bourbon if I were to change anything. It's a pretty strong drink so a splash of club soda or tonic may help along those who are a little more faint at heart.
I really enjoyed this rich, bitter bourbon drink. It’s beautifully hued thanks to the addition of both sweet vermouth and bitter orange Campari, not to mention the simple orange twist floating in the sea of red—such a lovely splash of color. I adore a classic Negroni cocktail which is similar to this except it uses gin instead of sweet bourbon. The taste of bourbon is understated in this drink, but it does pack a punch once you finish it! This is a lovely bourbon drink that every Manhattan fan should try--every bourbon fan should try it as well.