Boulevardier Cocktail

Posted on Thursday, January 24th, 2013

As much as I like to create my own cocktails, I value learning and making the traditional recipes. The Boulevardier Cocktail emerged in the 1920’s, and was equal parts bourbon, Campari and sweet vermouth. A Negroni is equal parts gin, Campari and sweet vermouth. Both are smashing combinations. The first time I make a cocktail, I follow the original recipe exactly to understand the original intention. Most of the time, these classic cocktails are spot on because they have survived the test of time.

With any recipe, you will find various proportions of the ingredients. Once you know the flavor profile, and the balance of ingredients in the original cocktail, like the Boulevardier, let the experimenting begin.  It’s fun to make some substitutions and adjustments on your second batch. Like switching the main spirit from bourbon to gin. Here’s the recipe for the Boulevardier Cocktail, a true classic.

Boulevardier Cocktail

  • 1 ounce bourbon
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth

Mix with ice until thoroughly chilled, and strain into a glass.


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2 Responses to
“Boulevardier Cocktail”

  • Elaine says: April 17th, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    This is truly my favorite cocktail. You gotta love delicious variations on a theme.

  • Mama Knows Her Cocktails says: May 23rd, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    This last weekend, I savored a gorgeous Boulevardier at Middle Branch in NYC, made with St. George’s Breaking and Entertaining Bourbon. It was served during the Ode to Eau event at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic. The pours were generous, and many of the cocktails went unfinished by me. But I kept a death grip on my Boulevardier, and polished it off!

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