The Boulevardier: The Negroni's moody brother

I've personally never anybody ask for a Boulevardier at the bar. I wouldn't be surprised to see variations of the cocktail appear on lists this spring as people keep pushing the focus on craft cocktails and small-batch spirits.

The cocktail itself, a subtle, deep twist on the classic Negroni is quite simple to make. Equal parts bourbon, vermouth and Campari — top that with a scorched orange twist and voilà! The Boulevardier.

For my own at-home creation, I amped it up with some of the bottles I have com to cherish. Woodford Reserve's Master's Collection 1838 Style White Corn makes for a perfect first base. It's a smooth bourbon with light notes of caramel and corn. It's not overwhelmingly dense, making it a great companion to Quebec-made Rouge Gorge Cider Vermouth by Domaine Lafrance.

Rouge Gorge is made with a blend of Quebec-sourced apples, herbs and spices. It's smooth, sweet and tart all at once. You could actually enjoy it on its own as an apéritif.

Campari needs no introduction. It's a stable in my bar, a companion in experiments and an addition that can lighten or deepen so many cocktails.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz bourbon (Woodford Reserve 1838 Style White Corn)
  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz Rouge Gorge
  • Orange twist

Method

  1. Add all of the liquids in a stirring pitcher with ice
  2. Stir until cold
  3. Strain into glass with new ice
  4. Scorch the orange twist with a lighter, twist over the glass to release the oils and drop in.

What do you think? Got some ideas on variations of the Negroni? Let me know!