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.
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.
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.