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The Boulevardier

Introducing the Boulevardier cocktail: a Prohibition-era classic made with bourbon, Campari, sweet vermouth, and an orange peel garnish.

What You'll Need

1.5 oz
1 oz
Sweet vermouth
1 oz


Rocks Glass
Basic Bar Tools


Stir Bourbon, Campari, and sweet vermouth in a mixing glass with ice
Strain the mixture into a cocktail glass
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More About This Drink

We're going to tell you everything you need to know about the Boulevardier cocktail right now, but first, here are some other classic whiskey cocktail recipes you need to check out along with this bad boy: the Old Fashioned, the Mint Julep, the Irish Coffee, the Whiskey Sour, and the Flaming 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Alright, now about the history of the history of the Boulevardier: It has its roots in Prohibition Era America. So many drinks do, right? It’s almost as if Prohibition was a horrible idea that totally backfired. Anyway, as the Boulevardier Wiki page notes, the delicious, simple whiskey cocktail recipe was created by Erskine Gwynne, who was “an American-born writer who founded a monthly magazine in Paris called Boulevardier…” Makes sense, right? The Bourbon Review adds that “The earliest recipe for the drink is found as a footnote in Barflies and Cocktails by Harry McElhone.” McElhone was another expatriate who moved to France and opened “Harry’s Bar.” If the Boulevardier seems super similar to the Negroni, good news: You're not crazy. A lot of people feel like the Boulevardier is just a Negroni with bourbon instead of gin. Imbibe Magazine notes “Obviously, [the Boulevardier] is a Negroni with bourbon in lieu of gin. The Negroni, however, would not see print for another 20 years, and Americans had never heard of Campari in 1927.” Oh, and if all this talk about the Boulevardier has you in the mood specifically for bourbon, here are a bunch of other bourbon cocktail recipes for you to try: the Cherry Bourbon Cola, the Bourbon Basil Berry Bash, the Pumpkin Pie Bourbon Shake, the Blackberry Bourbon Smash, and the Forbidden Sour. THE BOULEVARDIER 1 1/2 oz. (45ml) Bourbon 1 oz. (30ml) Campari 1 oz. (30ml) Sweet Vermouth Garnish: Orange Peel PREPARATION 1. Stir in a mixing glass with ice. 2. Strain into a cocktail glass. DRINK RESPONSIBLY!

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