Bonjour to The Boulevardier.
What can only be described as the love child of 2 classic cocktails, the Boulevardier takes the sweet bitterness from the Negroni and gives it the kick of the Old Fashioned. This drink is the brainchild of Harry Mcelhone, the founder and proprietor of Harry’s New York Bar in Paris. In his book ‘Barflies and Cocktails’, Harry credits the Boulevardier Cocktail to Erskine Gwynne, a wealthy American socialite who ran off to Paris and started a literary magazine. The magazine was named "The Boulevardier" and as this was Gwynne's favourite drink, voila, the name stuck! In short, the Boulevardier is a Negroni with Bourbon in lieu of gin. Yes, it really is that simple. The result, however, is something completely different, so let's get you started.
Skill Level: Easy
Base Spirit: Brandy
1 Part Campari
1 Part Cinzano Rosso ( sweet Vermouth )
2 Part Bourbon
Garnish with Orange or Maraschino Cherry ( or both )
As the Boulevardier is served sans ice, you're going to want to start by chilling your glass. If you can get your hands on one, a coupe cocktail glass would be perfect, it’s a nice 'tip of the hat' to the drinks 1920’s origin. The proportions of the drink are said to be the same as a Negroni, equal parts Campari, sweet vermouth and bourbon. However, the secret to a good Boulevardier is a little extra bourbon, so add another half measure...for good measure. I mean, is there such a thing as too much bourbon in your drink? Pour all the ingredients into a stirring glass filled with ice and stir till chilled - Stirring cocktails as opposed to shaking them helps maintain the clarity of the liquor (in case you were wondering). Strain into your (now) chilled glass and garnish with an orange peel or maraschino cherry. We decided to treat ourselves and go with both! Finally, sit back and enjoy another piece of cocktail history! - A word of caution, like most prohibition cocktails the Boulevardier packs a serious punch so sip slowly or it will have you speaking French faster than you can say ‘tre Magnifique’