Sunday, September 1, 2013
A COCKTAIL FOR THE MAN ABOUT TOWN
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.
Posted by Elisson at 3:47 PM
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.... so why during our recent visit were we drinking Scotch and water and not these beauties?...
Good question. Next time, we'll make a concerted effort to broaden your Drinky Horizons.
Sounds good, especially since I'm not a big fan of gin.
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