Serve in a Old-Fashioned glass
- 1 1/2 oz bourbon
- 3/4 oz Campari
- 3/4 oz sweet vermouth
Garnish: orange twist
Tools & Equipment
How to Make
- Add all the ingredients to your mixing glass
- Add ice & stir for 25-30 seconds
- Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass
- Add the garnish
The Boulevardier cocktail is often overlooked in terms of how complex it really is. It’s a perfect balance between whiskey, Campari and sweet vermouth, accentuated by a zesty orange peel garnish. Yet there are subtle nuances to the Boulevardier that many people don’t know: the ratios of whiskey, Campari and sweet vermouth don’t have to be even! For those wishing for a slightly less pungent Boulevardier, you can reduce the amount of Campari for an extra smoky Boulevardier; or if you have a sweet tooth add a bit more sweet vermouth for a sweeter version. Remember—no two Boulevardiers need to taste alike!
Boulevardier Cocktail Origins
The cocktail’s history goes back to one Erskine Gwynne, the founder of a magazine in Paris called Boulevardier. Harry MacElhone, a well-known bartender from the early 1900’s credited Gwynne as the inventor of the drink in his memoir, Barflies and Cocktails.