The Boulevardier Cocktail is a variation on the classic Negroni, but substituting the Gin for Bourbon or Rye Whiskey.

Boulevardier Cocktail Ingredients

  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz Sweet vermouth
  • 1.25 oz Bourbon or Rye Whiskey

Stirred in the service glass with ice.

While the traditional Negroni is notable for being thought of as having the perfect balance at exactly equal measures, the Boulevardier Cocktail benefits from a touch more whiskey in the mix, and that is absolutely fine, each drink has to be balanced on its own merit.

I’m ashamed to say that it was 2010 before I first tried the Negroni in Dubai and 2014 before I enjoyed one! The Negroni and Boulevardier are both very much tastes that take a little getting used to, Campari is so very dry that it shocks many palettes, but once you get the taste for them they will become a flavour you will crave!

From our Sipsmith session, I picked up a tip from Jared Brown to taste flamed citrus – the rind can pick up really unpleasant smoke flavours from the flaming, so he suggests flaming one twist and discarding it to add a fresh one as the garnish. Try licking one of your flamed twists and decide for yourself if you would want it in your drink.

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