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The Boulevardier cocktail is a sophisticated and robust libation that offers a delightful balance of sweetness, bitterness, and complexity. Originating in the 1920s, it's a variation of the classic Negroni, substituting gin with bourbon or rye whiskey for a richer flavor profile. The Boulevardier has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in recent years, thanks to its timeless appeal and versatile nature.

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Ingredients and Tools:

  • 30 ml (1 oz) bourbon or rye whiskey

  • 30 ml (1 oz) sweet vermouth

  • 30 ml (1 oz) Campari

  • Ice cubes

  • Mixing glass

  • Mixing spoon

  • Jigger

  • Orange twist for garnish (optional)

Preparation Steps:

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice cubes.

  2. Measure and pour 30 ml (1 oz) of bourbon or rye whiskey into the glass.

  3. Add 30 ml (1 oz) of sweet vermouth to the glass.

  4. Pour 30 ml (1 oz) of Campari into the glass.

  5. Stir the mixture gently with a mixing spoon for about 30 seconds to chill the ingredients.

  6. Strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe glass.

  7. Optionally, garnish with an orange twist.

Flavor Profile:

The Boulevardier cocktail boasts a complex and layered flavor profile, with the rich and spicy notes of bourbon or rye whiskey complemented by the sweet and herbal flavors of sweet vermouth and the bitter complexity of Campari. It's a bold and sophisticated drink that's perfect for sipping on any occasion.

Mixoloco - Mixology Tips:

  • Choosing Whiskey: Selecting the right whiskey is crucial for a well-balanced Boulevardier. While bourbon offers a sweeter and smoother profile, rye whiskey adds a spicier and more robust character to the cocktail.

  • Vermouth Selection: The choice of sweet vermouth can greatly influence the overall taste of the Boulevardier. Opt for a high-quality vermouth with rich and complex flavors to enhance the cocktail.

  • Garnish Consideration: While the classic garnish for the Boulevardier is an orange twist, feel free to experiment with other citrus twists or even a cherry for added flair.

  • Ice Quality: Use fresh, high-quality ice cubes to ensure they don't dilute the drink too quickly. Large ice cubes are preferable as they melt more slowly.

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