Boulevardier
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Boulevardier
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4.9 / 5
The Boulevardier is a classic and sophisticated cocktail with a perfect balance between sweet and bitter. It's a close relative to the Negroni, but uses bourbon as its base spirit ... more The Boulevardier is a classic and sophisticated cocktail with a perfect balance between sweet and bitter. It's a close relative to the Negroni, but uses bourbon as its base spirit instead, complementing the bitter Campari and sweet red vermouth. This exchange creates a richer, more rounded profile that's particularly appealing to whiskey enthusiasts. Hailing from the early 20th century, the cocktail owes its name to the expatriate American writer Erskine Gwynne, who founded a monthly magazine in Paris called "The Boulevardier." It typically features a deep red hue and is garnished with an orange wedge, adding a citrusy aroma that enhances its complex flavors. The Boulevardier is enjoyed for its boldness and is often sipped as an aperitif.
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Orange
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29.71% | 3.12 units *

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Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

Boulevardier is a robust cocktail that splendidly balances the richness of bourbon with the sweet vermouth and bitter Campari. This deep and complex trio provides a sophisticated experience, suited for those who appreciate a bitter edge in their beverages.

Method
How to make a Boulevardier

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice
Shake well and strain into chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with an orange wedge and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Boulevardier cocktail?

The Boulevardier cocktail has its roots in the 1920s Paris. It was first created by Erskine Gwynne, an American-born writer who founded a monthly magazine in Paris named 'Boulevardier', which catered to the expatriate community. The cocktail is often considered a cousin to the Negroni, using bourbon instead of gin.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Is the Boulevardier cocktail shaken or stirred?

The Boulevardier cocktail is traditionally stirred, not shaken. Stirring is preferred for this cocktail to ensure a smooth, clear appearance without the aerated texture that shaking can introduce. It's also a method used for cocktails that are composed entirely of spirits.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best glass to serve a Boulevardier in?

A Boulevardier is typically served in a cocktail glass, also known as a coupe or martini glass. This helps to showcase the cocktail's color and makes it easy to enjoy its aroma and flavors.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute the bourbon in a Boulevardier with another whiskey?

Yes, while bourbon is the traditional choice for a Boulevardier, you can substitute it with another type of whiskey like rye for a spicier profile or a Scotch for a smokier note. Each type of whiskey will bring its unique flavor, so the substitution allows for personal preference.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of a Boulevardier compare to other classic cocktails?

The Boulevardier has an alcohol content of approximately 29.71%, which places it in the higher range of alcohol content among classic cocktails. For context, a classic Negroni, with which the Boulevardier shares similarities, has a slightly lower alcohol content due to the gin's generally lower ABV compared to bourbon.

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