bourbon or rye whiskey
- Stir ingredients with ice in a mixing glass until chilled.
- Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
The Negroni is a knock-out cocktail; some would say with an outrageous amount of confidence that it's hands-down the best cocktail. But gin is not for everyone, and even if it were, the Negroni is a decidedly summery drink. So bounding into its place is the Boulevardier, a cocktail that swaps the gin for bourbon or rye whiskey, giving you a darker, heavier flavor with undertones that are hotter than they are herbaceous. Rye contributes even more spice. All while preserving the bitter sweetness of the Campari and vermouth.
im电竞官网-Boulevardier recipes vary, like any classic cocktail. Some call for equal parts of all three ingredients, some call for ice. We call for neither, putting a heavier emphasis on the whiskey and serving it up to be all the bolder. Your whiskey choice matters here, so don't cheap out. Sip your Boulevardier while the weather's still cool. Who knows, you might abandon your Negroni tradition altogether.
A Little Background
As Americans in the States twiddled their thumbs through the Prohibition, their American counterparts living in Paris drank freely and read widely. One magazine these expats had access to was the Boulevardier—boulevardier broadly meaning "a man about town," and specifically referring to "a man who frequents Parisian boulevards." So, The New Yorker but in Paris. Lifestyles inspire cocktails, and that's what happened with the editor of the Boulevardier, a man named Erskine Gwynne who likely enjoyed a nice stroll along a Parisian boulevard in his time. with creating the Boulevardier cocktail by the expat bartender Harry McElhone (who left the Prohibition behind for France's lively drinks scene, where he opened Harry's New York Bar in Paris), in the 1927 book Barflies and Cocktails. im电竞官网-So you could call this cocktail an American living in Paris.
And for all the talk of the Boulevardier being a riff on the Negroni, it might have actually predated it. Another point in its favor.
If You Like This, Try These
If you're ready to return to your regularly scheduled summer Negroni, we have the recipe here. And if you're into the idea of tinkering with the Negroni further, a Rosita riffs on the classic with mezcal; it's another perfect summer drink. However, if you're still entrenched in wintertime, a classic Manhattan (made with bourbon or rye) is a few steps removed from the Boulevardier, as is a Rob Royim电竞官网- (made with scotch).
What You Need
Here’s what you need to do a Boulevardier justice, beyond what you might be able to dig out of the fridge or cupboard.