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The Boulevardier – A Rye Whiskey Cocktail

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Last Updated on June 6, 2023 by Leah Hall

A perfect classic cocktail, check out the Boulevardier recipe!


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 Boulevardier is an enduring recipe that fans of rye whiskeys are sure to enjoy.


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The Boulivardier cocktail in rocks glass with jigger, flowers and lemons in background

Rocks Glasses


The Boulevardier recipe 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 Boulevardier, bitterness of the Campari remains, but the sweet warm notes of the rye whiskey makes the Boulevardier recipe 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 cocktail in a rocks glass with jigger, lemons and flowers in background


What Ingredients are Needed for the Boulevardier?

  • Sweet Vermouth
  • Whiskey
  • Campari


The Boulevardier 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!

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Like the flavors, the drink has a bold red color from the vermouth and the Campari, making the drink boldly attractive.




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The Boulivardier - red cocktail in rocks glass with ice ball, lemon peel. Jigger, lemons and flowers in background
Yield: 1

The Boulevardier Recipe - A Rye Whiskey Cocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

A classic cocktail, that will pack a punch!


Boulevardier Cocktail

  • 1 ounce rye whiskey
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • lemon peel for garnish


In a rocks glass, add a large ice cube.

Combine all ingredients and stir to mix.

Garnish with a lemon peel, expressing the oils onto the surface of the drink when peeling.


Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 175Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 8.9gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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Chrissa- Physical Kitchness

Thursday 16th of June 2016

This is DEFINITELY my hubby's kind of drink!! Love that color and the pop of yellow with the lemon peel. So elegant!

The 'Noms.

Saturday 18th of June 2016

Thanks! It's really a great classic cocktail!


Thursday 16th of June 2016

My husband is a bartender and he never makes drinks like this, but I wish he would!!

The 'Noms.

Saturday 18th of June 2016

LOL! Show him this one! :)


Wednesday 15th of June 2016

Oh my gosh you are totally hitting my favorites with the Negroni and the Boulevardier!! My version of the Boulevardier adjusts the ratios slightly weighing in a little heavier on the Rye, I believe. Anyway, glad to see some rye cocktail love!

The 'Noms.

Saturday 18th of June 2016

Thanks! Yep, there are some different ratios on the rye - and it would be great with a little more rye as well! :) Cheers!

Heather with WELLFITandFED

Wednesday 15th of June 2016

Ohhhh. This looks good. My husband is an Old Fashioned man at heart but this might be a nice change!

The 'Noms.

Saturday 18th of June 2016

This is a great classic cocktail, which would be a great accompaniment to an Old Fashioned!

Amanda Kruse

Wednesday 15th of June 2016

I'm not a fan of whiskey, but this looks so good!

xx, Amanda ||

The 'Noms.

Saturday 18th of June 2016

Thanks much!

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