Consider this the Negroni for bourbon lovers. The Boulevardier was invented in Paris in the 1920s by the eponymous bar owner Harry MacElhone (the first recipe appears in his book Barflies and Cocktails, published in 1927). The cocktail was named in honor of the monthly magazine known as Boulevardier (whose publisher, Erskine Gwynne, was a regular drinker of Harry's creation). Honestly, I have a Boulevardier only on the rarest of occasions, as I prefer to drink bourbon straight or in a Manhattan. But I know that people love this cocktail, so I would be remiss not to include it.
- 1 ounce bourbon
- 1 ounce sweet vermouth
- 1 ounce Campari
- Slice of orange for garnish
Combine the bourbon, vermouth, and Campari in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with the orange slice. Alternatively, stir the cocktail in an old-fashioned glass filled with ice and garnish with the orange slice.
Excerpted from The Negroni by Matt Hranek (Artisan Books). Copyright 2021.