Cocktail Series: The Boulevardier

You’ve heard of the Negroni , which is a cocktail with a deep red hue made from Campari, Sweet vermouth, gin, and a perfectly twisted orange. But have you used your bartending skills to make the elixir known as the Negroni’s cousin? Are you looking for a bourbon cocktail that will keep you warm as the nights get cooler? Grab some bourbon and get ready to learn all about the Boulevardier. Contrary to common belief, it is said that the Boulevardier was created before the Negroni. To begin our Boulevardier journey, we’re headed back to Prohibition. Erskine Gwynne, an American writer living in Paris, claimed this bourbon-based drink as his signature cocktail. Gwynne was the editor for the monthly publication known as The Boulevardier, hence the beverage’s name. Similar to the Negroni, there are a wide variety of twists and turns on this classic beverage. You can add coffee, maybe a dash of honey, there are even variations out there that call for balsamic vinegar; however, if you want to impress your fellow cocktail drinkers, start with the basics. Gather your favorite bourbon, Campari and Sweet Vermouth. Oh, and don’t forget that orange twist. Happy drinking!

Maker’s Mark Distillery

Cask Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky

Gorgeous cask strength bourbon from powerhouse Maker’s Mark 🥃 The perfect structural support for this beautiful Banana Boulevardier 💥 The recipe (below) was concocted by the mixology gurus at Houston’s very own Anvil Bar + Refuge.

- 1 oz bourbon
- 1 oz sweet vermouth
- 1/2 oz Campari
- 1/2 oz banana liqueur
— 3 years ago

Krystal Vento
with Krystal
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Ryan Vento

Ryan Vento

@Paul T- Huntington Beach I hadn’t had banana liqueur in years, either, but this “Banane du Brésil” from Giffard is great.
Larry Ito

Larry Ito

Your Old Fashion recipe is fab !
Ryan Vento

Ryan Vento

@Larry Ito Excited you like it! Just finished making one.


Aperitivo Liqueur

NV - Classic. On the rocks. To give a normal day a silver lining. Nice apero. — 6 years ago

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Napa Valley Sweet Vermouth

I think this is the best vermouth I’ve ever had, prob because made by a great wine maker - Steve Matthiasson — 3 years ago

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Hugh O'Riordan

Hugh O'Riordan

A few years ago I was in rural Spain looking for breakfast at 0700. No luck, but I did see a group of very fit bikers having vermouth for breakfast. After multiple drinks ( not shots) they road off on the steep roads. I was hungry.
Eric Urbani

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@Hugh O'Riordan Lol thanks Hugh. We actually sipped this vermouth straight because it was so elegant. Not sure I would do that with the mass market brands!

Bardstown Bourbon Company


Really nice blended bourbon. Smooth. — 4 years ago

P, Vanessa and 4 others liked this


Aperitivo Liqueur

Boulevardier. Cold and bitter and goes well with a nice view of Florence. — 8 years ago

Robin, Mircea and 13 others liked this
Jim McCusker

Jim McCusker

Looks like a beautiful day in Florence!


Nice nuts
Sharon B

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Beautiful scenery! And a very happy lady! 😉

Napa Valley Distillery

Private Cask Limited Release Aged 13 Years Bourbon Mash Whiskey

Had no idea bourbon could be produced in Napa, and this one was damn good! Great present from my aunt and uncle. — 4 years ago

Tim Schroeder
with Tim
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Botanic Bitter

V dry. 25 botanicals, 40% less sugar than Campari. If you like it dry, this is for you. — 4 years ago

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Jefferson's Bourbon

Jefferson's Reserve Groth Reserve Cask Finish Very Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Batch 3, Bottle 1181. One cube. Copper hues, cedar and spice aromas give way to corn syrup, maple stick and burnt cinnamon flavors. Medium length, smooth long finish with minimal bite. Performed far beyond expectations. I didn't sense any taste contribution from the fact that this was finished for 9 months in Groth Cab reserve oak barrels. Still, a damn good bourbon. — 7 years ago

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