Improved Boulevardier Cocktail

We are big fans of the Boulevardier.  It’s one of those classic bourbon cocktails that always hits the right spot.  Obviously, we were intrigued by the “improved” Boulevardier from Manhattan Cocktail Classic, especially with the presence of absinthe.

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Improved Boulevardier
1½ oz. Bourbon
1 oz. Campari
1 oz. Sweet vermouth
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 dash absinthe
2 dashes Maraschino liqueuer

In a mixing glass with ice, combine all ingredients and stir until mixed.  Strain into a lowball glass with ice.  Garnish with an orange twist.

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We’re not entirely sure this improved the Boulevardier, mainly because the bar was already set so high, but this is a very good cocktail.  While it still has the bright color, this version tastes a bit more complex.  Cutting the amount of bourbon from two ounces to one and a half—along with the addition of the absinthe—makes the Campari and vermouth more noticeable.

June 6, 2013 | Comments | Permalink |

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Still weekending!A profile of the Boulevardier from the New York Times combines two of our favorite subjects: literary and cocktail history.

Still weekending!

A profile of the Boulevardier from the New York Times combines two of our favorite subjects: literary and cocktail history.

February 3, 2012 | Comments | Permalink |

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Boulevardier

With the recent premiere of Prohibition, we were inspired to make a drink from that era that uses bourbon.  The boulevardier first caught our attention back in June when Gear Patrol recommended it as a great Father’s Day cocktail.  We also recently ran across Sippity Sup's fun history of the drink.



Boulevardier

2 oz. bourbon
1 oz. Campari
1 oz. sweet vermouth

Pour into a shaker full of ice.  Shake well and strain into chilled cocktail glasses.  Garnish with a strip of orange or lemon zest.

We used Black Maple Hill for this, as it’s best to use a spicier bourbon to counterbalance the bitter sweetness of the other ingredients.  As Domestic Daddy says, “It’s like the love child of the Negroni and the Manhattan, living in some luxurious exile in Paris.”

October 13, 2011 | Comments | Permalink |

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