A boulevardier is now my all time favorite mixed drink. When I was in college, I foolishly believed that mixed drinks were for girls. Boy was I wrong. As I get older I could care less about what other people think about my drink of choice at the bar. I have zero problems or ordering a cosmo in a group of grown adults. Who doesn’t love cranberry juice?! Real men drink whatever they want without being bothered by what other men or women think of them.
Anyways, I’m a fan of bourbon and bourbon mixed drinks. An old fashion or a whiskey sour were my default go-to drinks until I discovered the Boulevardier. This drink is typically composed of bourbon, campari, and sweet vermouth. Most recipes call for an ounce of each. I have also seen a lot of recipes call for 1.5 oz of bourbon, 1 oz of compari, and 1 oz of sweet vermouth. Well, I really like bourbon, so I go with 2 oz bourbon, 1 oz compari, and 1 oz sweet vermouth.
You’ll want to use a decent bourbon. My go-to bourbon is typically Four Roses single barrel. An inexpensive bourbon I also like to use would be Maker’s Mark or Buffalo Trace.
This recipe should also come with a bit of a warning. This drink is pretty damn bitter. If you aren’t ready for it, you’ll give folks the “what the hell what did I just drink?!” look. I like super bitter beers like imperial IPAs, but that first sip is still a bit of a shocker for me. After the first sip or two, your pallet will get use to the bitterness and you’ll be able to enjoy this truly great cocktail.
In an old fashioned glass, add ice until the glass is 3/4 full.
Add the bourbon, Compari, and vermouth.
Stir the drink for at least 20 seconds. This is an important step, so don't skip it.
Add the Maraschino cherries and enjoy.
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