Last week we posted a cocktail for Negroni Week called the Concord Negroni Flip, which was our twist on the classic cocktail the Negroni. Our next cocktail is another variation of the venerable Negroni, but this time a classic variation from 1927 Paris, France. Originally credited to one of the regulars of the famous Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, the Boulivardier is an enduring recipe that fans of rye whiskeys are sure to enjoy.
The Boulivardier takes the classic Negroni formula of equal parts gin, sweet vermouth and Campari and throws out the crisp gin and replaces it with the warming notes of a whiskey. Sweet vermouth is a well known pairing with rye whiskey, so it is no surprise that the rye and sweet vermouth are very complimentary. Where the surprise comes is how well the Campari works with the rye. Campari is a bitter Italian liqueur made from herbs and fruits and is typically used as an apertif. When used in the Boulivardier, bitterness of the Campari remains, but the sweet warm notes of the rye whiskey makes the Boulivardier a more velvety and sustaining drink than the Negroni. The Campari and vermouth combine to make a bittersweet component that balances the sweetness of the rye.
The Boulivardier is a cocktail for a whiskey lover or fans of strong classic cocktails where the flavor of the spirits isn’t hidden. All of the components are strong by themselves, and when combined the flavors are complex and bold and sure to challenge the taste buds of the drinker! Like the flavors, the drink has a bold red color from the vermouth and the Campari, making the drink boldly attractive. Cheers!
- 1 oz Rye Whiskey
- 1 oz Campari
- 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
- Lemon Curl for garnish
- In a rocks glass,add a large ice cube.
- Combine all ingredients and stir to mix.
- Garnish with a lemon curl, expressing the oils onto the surface of the drink when peeling.
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