Cocktail: The Boulevardier

April 25 2013 - 11:00 AM

For Thursday’s Whiskey Week drink, we bring you the Boulevardier, another cocktail that is sophisticated, delicious and completely simple to make.

You’d think with the popularity of the Negroni cocktail along with our worship of all-things bourbon, that a drink replacing the gin in a Negroni with bourbon would be wildly popular, no?

No. (Not yet, anyway.) That’s a shame, because the Boulevardier has a rich ruby color and a deep complex flavor that’s a nice alternative to a Manhattan. Though it may not be as flashy as its stylish Italian cousin, the Boulevardier is a heavier, more sophisticated sipper. (We’re not choosing favorites. They are both excellent drinks.) Consider the Boulevardier the yin to the Negroni’s yang. Or something like that.

And though clearly not as well known, the Boulevardier has been around longer than the Negroni. According to Ted Haigh and Jim Meehan, two of the high priests of cocktail lore, the Boulevardier was discovered about 20 years earlier.  The first printed recipe can be found in Harry McElhone’s Barflies and Cocktails of 1927.

Mix one up tonight and keep the ingredients on hand.(You will probably want another.)