This is an ideal drink following a brisk tramp through the trees or during an afternoon stroll along the sidewalks of your favourite city. We fondly remember those days before COVID when we could stop for a tipple with friends.

For my word nerd friends, Mirriam Webster tells us that “The first boulevardiers got their name from the thoroughfares they frequented: the typically straight and geometrically precise boulevards of Paris. These particular men must have cut an impressive figure because the word boulevardier was eventually applied to any worldly and socially active man. Unlike many near-synonyms, “boulevardier” is generally a complimentary term. It differs from “flaneur” in that the latter refers to someone who is idle, and it doesn’t imply the same vanity and foolishness that words like “fop,” “dandy,” and “coxcomb” do.

Difford’s Guide says “The Boulevardier was made for Erskine Gwynne by Harry McElhone at his Harry’s New York  bar in Paris and the drink appears in his 1927 book, Butterflies and Cocktails

Like Harry, Erskine Gwynne was an American expatriate, but he was also a socialite nephew of railroad tycoon Alfred Vanderbilt, and, most importantly for this story, he edited a monthly magazine called the Boulevardier hence the drink’s name.”


What you need

1-1 ½ oz Bourbon
1 oz Sweet vermouth
1 oz Campari

What you do

STIR all ingredients into an ice filled glass.

Garnish: orange slice
Serve: Old Fashioned glass

Basically a Negroni with Bourbon replacing Gin. 

Easy. Tasty.

Patrick (Paddy) Moore

Patrick (Paddy) Moore is the author of the series Quarantinis, Eh? featuring cocktails that commemorate the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020-2021.

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