Boulevardier

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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.

Boulevardier
2 oz Bourbon
1 oz Campari
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
2 Maraschino Cherries

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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Classic bourbon cocktail features Campari and Sweet Vermouth
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