Sunday, September 1, 2013
Boulevardier cocktail, presented in a vintage etched-glass coupe.
The fine fellow you see pictured above is a Boulevardier.
I first learned of his existence some months back, in an evening out with Houston Steve and our respective brides. I had two... and that would have been enough all by themselves. (Alas, we followed those up with a few Provençal Martinis after we arrived at our house. Splendid days.)
If you combine gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth in a cocktail glass, you get a Negroni. Swap out the gin for bourbon, and you have a Boulevardier: literally, a “man about town.” What better tipple for Mister Debonair?
1½ ounces bourbon
1 ounce Campari
1 ounce sweet vermouth
Combine with ice in a shaker; stir well and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.
When I made my Boulevardier, I used Knob Creek single barrel reserve bourbon, a ferociously potent base. For the vermouth, I selected Carpano Antica Formula, made with a recipe that dates back to the eighteenth century. And Campari is, of course, in a category by itself: With a squirt of soda water and a squeeze of lime, it’s SWMBO’s favorite apéritif.
It is, indeed, a perfect cocktail for the Man about Town. And that’s no Boulshit.