Boulevardier is a classic cocktail made with whiskey, Campari, and sweet vermouth. It has a bittersweet and complex flavor profile.

Boulevardier recipe

  • 45 ml bourbon or rye whiskey
  • 30 ml bitter Campari
  • 30 ml sweet red vermouth

Pour all ingredients into mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Directions for how to make the Boulevardier

  1. Pour 45 ml of bourbon or rye whiskey into a mixing glass filled with ice cubes.
  2. Add 30 ml of bitter Campari to the mixing glass.
  3. Add 30 ml of sweet red vermouth to the mixing glass.
  4. Stir the mixture well using a mixing spoon until the ingredients are completely blended and the mixture is chilled.
  5. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass.
  6. Enjoy your Boulevardier!

Tips for how to make the perfect Boulevardier

  • Use high-quality ingredients: A Boulevardier is made with equal parts bourbon or rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and Campari. To make the perfect Boulevardier, use top-shelf bourbon or rye whiskey, a high-quality sweet vermouth, and a fresh bottle of Campari.
  • Stir it well: The Boulevardier is a stirred drink, not a shaken one, so it’s important to stir it well. Add ice to a mixing glass, then pour in the bourbon, sweet vermouth, and Campari. Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients for 20-30 seconds until well combined and chilled.
  • Garnish with a twist: The final touch to a perfect Boulevardier is a twist of orange peel. Hold a piece of orange peel in one hand and a lighter in the other, then hold the peel over the drink and use the flame to gently warm the peel for a few seconds. Twist the peel over the drink to release its oils, then drop it in as a garnish.

Alcohol-free alternative to the Boulevardier

One possible alcohol-free alternative to a Boulevardier is a “Boulevardier mocktail.” To make this drink, mix together:

  • 1 oz. fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 1 oz. non-alcoholic Campari substitute (such as Gnista)
  • 1 oz. non-alcoholic sweet vermouth (such as Lyre’s)
  • Dash of bitters (optional)

Stir together with ice and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with an orange twist or cherry, if desired. This drink has a similar bitter-sweet flavor profile to the original Boulevardier, but without the alcohol content.

Boulevardier fun facts

  1. The Boulevardier is a classic whiskey cocktail that originated in Paris during the 1920s.
  2. It is a variation of the Negroni cocktail but instead of gin, it uses whiskey or bourbon as the base spirit.
  3. The name Boulevardier comes from the French word “boulevard,” which refers to the wide, tree-lined avenues that are common in Paris.
  4. The Boulevardier was a popular drink among American expats in Paris during the 1920s and 1930s, including famous writers such as Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  5. The Boulevardier has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in recent years with the rise of the craft cocktail movement.