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Oct 19, 2011 12:31 PM

Boulevardier - Thank You!

I would like to thank the Spirit Chowhounds who have suggested this drink in past threads. I discovered the Negroni for the first time this summer but, with it being a decidedly Fall day, I took the leap and tried the Boulevardier this afternoon. What a perfect drink for the season - slightly smoky with the bourbon (Buffalo Trace), sweet from the vermouth (Vya), and a bitter finish from the Campari. Just wonderful.

I think it is safe to say I have found my drink for the dark evenings of Fall and Winter.

The recipe, for those who have missed it:


1.5 oz Bourbon
1.5 oz Sweet Vermouth
1.5 oz Campari

I served it on the rocks and finished it with a few drops of Angustora Orange bitters

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  1. Definitely a great cocktail. The ratio that I see around seems to be 1.5 Bourbon : 1 : 1.

    I just had a twist on this at Lord Hobo in Cambridge, MA, called 1794. They add a dash of Bittermens Xocatatl Mole bitters, use rye (I see Redemption online, but I seem to recall Old Overholt in person, although that could have been a different drink), Vya, a flamed orange peel, and (I think) 2:1:1 ratio. Served Sazerac style -- down without ice. Lovely.

    I really liked the fresh orange oil on the initial sips and nose.

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    3 Replies
    1. re: EvergreenDan

      The 1794 was created by Dominic Venegas while at Range in San Francisco (now at Smuggler's Cove). The chocolate bitters were not in the original, and were added later to promote the Bittermen's Mole Bitters (whether it occurred when the Bittermens folk were located in SF or Boston, I am not sure). I have also had a tequila variation that was called the 1836 that worked quite well.

      Also, the Boulevardier is 1 1/2 Bourboh, 1 oz sweet vermouth, 1 oz Campari, although it is not wrong to make it equal parts like a Negroni. The drink's roots are separate from the Negroni though.

      1. re: yarm

        Thanks, Mr. Yarm. I found some good background, esp with regard to the addition of the bitters.

        I haven't tried a bunch of bourbons and and bunch of ryes, but I do think that the 1794 "modernization" of the Boulevardier is an improvement. The ratio is less sweet, the sweetness of the bourbon isn't needed or welcome, and the spice of the rye cuts through the other strong flavors. I do like the Mole bitters, but I wouldn't let that stop me from making this if I didn't have them. A dash of other pie-spice bitters (Angostura, Fee WBA, etc) would work well too, I think. I very much like Lord Hobo's flamed orange, too. Really a great drink, refined.

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      2. re: EvergreenDan

        Thanks Dan - I remembered seeing the swap of bourbon for gin but didn't remember that the ratio changed. Next time I'll try 1.5:1:1.

        The 1794 sounds wonderful too, though I'll need to find the bitters...