The Landscaper’s Daughter’s version of the Boulevardier Cocktail

The Landscaper’s Daughter’s version of the Boulevardier Cocktail

Friday Favorites: December 25, 2020

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In the spirit of Christmas, this week’s #FridayFavorites is my current cocktail obsession, my version of the Boulevardier (which is a Negroni made with bourbon instead of the traditional gin).  Below are the ingredients and instructions; if you want to read on (after pouring yourself this or another beverage) I’ll share a #HistoryHighlight about this delicious 1920s cocktail.

Per serving:

3/4 ounce Campari

3/4 ounce bourbon (I used Bulleit bourbon whiskey)

3/4 ounce sweet vermouth 

6 drops of Spice bitters by Anna’s Apothecary 

1.5 ounce ruby red grapefruit juice

Sprig of rosemary 

Squeeze of half a clementine

* For your #noomers, one serving comes out to about 250 calories, depending on the product and amount you use.

Check out my Instagram post for a quick reel showing the process.

And voilà! The Boulevardier.


From Loosely translated, a boulevardier is a man-about-town. A cocktail by the same name was created by Erskine Gwynne, the publisher of “Boulevardier,” a magazine for expats living in Paris during the 1920s. The drink was popularized after it was included in Harry MacElhone’s 1927 book “Barflies and Cocktails.” In it, the author credited the cocktail to Gwynne, a regular at MacElhone’s bar. It’s a tidy story, like the drink it inspired.

Employing whiskey, sweet vermouth and Campari, the Boulevardier is simply a variation on the classic Negroni that is adored for its deft balance of bitter, boozy and sweet. The difference in flavor, however, is anything but simple. While the gin-based Negroni is crisp and bracing, the whiskey-based Boulevardier is rich and warming. It’s the exact drink you want to reach for on a chilly fall or winter evening.