The Boulevardier

October 09, 2015

Similar to a Negroni in proportions, The Boulevardier consists of bourbon, Campari, sweet vermouth, and fresh orange zest. Named after the French term for a "man about town," the cocktail was created by socialite and expatriate writer Erskine Gwynne in France in the late 1920s. (Boulevardier was also the name Gwynne gave to his own literary magazine.)

The Boulevardier
Makes two cocktails

  • 2 shots bourbon
  • 1 1/2 shots Campari
  • 1 1/2 shots sweet vermouth (we like Dolin Rouge for this recipe)
  • 2 strips fresh orange zest (to garnish)
  1. Combine the bourbon, Campari and vermouth in a mixing glass.
  2. Add ice to just above the level of the liquid and stir for 30 seconds.
  3. Strain the mixture into chilled rocks glasses, each containing a single large cube of ice. Squeeze orange zest over the surface of the cocktail and garnish.