The Boulevardier Cocktail

The Boulevardier Cocktail is one of those classic cocktails that everyone should drink on a regular basis. Essentially, it’s this wonderful combination of rye whiskey, Campari, and sweet vermouth or what you’d get if a Negroni and a Manhattan had a baby cocktail.

To develop our Boulevardier Cocktail recipe we started with the original 1 to 1 ratio mentioned by Harry McElhone, of Harry’s New York Bar fame, in his book Barflies and Cocktails. In our testing, we found that the Campari overpowered the bourbon and the sweet vermouth in the original recipe.

The Boulevardier Cocktail we love has a 2 to 1 ratio of rye whiskey to Campari to sweet vermouth that creates a smooth cocktail with well-balanced flavors. You can read more about our testing and the history of the Boulevardier Cocktail in Rediscovering The Boulevardier Cocktail.

The Boulevardier Cocktail
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The Boulevardier Cocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
5 from 1 vote

The Boulevardier Cocktail is one of those classic cocktails that everyone should drink on a regular basis. Essentially, it's this wonderful combination of rye whiskey, Campari, and sweet vermouth or what you'd get if a Negroni and a Manhattan had a baby cocktail. To develop our Boulevardier Cocktail recipe we started with the original 1 to 1 ratio mentioned by Harry McElhone, of Harry's New York Bar fame, in his book Barflies and Cocktails. In our testing, we found that the Campari overpowered the bourbon and the sweet vermouth in the original recipe. The Boulevardier Cocktail we love has a 2 to 1 ratio of rye whiskey to Campari to sweet vermouth that creates a smooth cocktail with well-balanced flavors. You can read more about our testing and the history of the Boulevardier Cocktail in our story Rediscovering The Boulevardier Cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 oz rye whiskey
  • 3/4 oz Campari
  • 3/4 oz sweet vermouth
  • orange twist

Instructions

  1. Pour the rye whiskey, Campari, and sweet vermouth into a glass filled with ice.
  2. Give everything a really good stir, at least 30 seconds, and strain it into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Serve with an orange twist.

Recipe Notes

The Boulevardier Cocktail is best served in a chilled glass, the chilled glass and long stir help bring out the flavors and keep the drink cold long enough that you can enjoy it at your leisure.

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