Boulevardier Cocktail

Say hello to your new favorite winter whiskey cocktail. The Boulevardier cocktail is a 3 ingredient cocktail that will keep you warm all winter long. It’s like a Negroni but instead of gin, it’s made with whiskey.

Boulevardier Cocktail with sphere ice cube and orange peel, campari bottle and rye whiskey bottle to side
If you love a Negroni cocktail and you’re into whiskey then you’ll love it’s classy cousin, The Boulevardier Cocktail. I have, jokingly, dubbed this The Boulevard Cocktail. Much easier for me to pronounce and let’s face it, I’m not fancy. Anytime I say, Boulevardier, I immediately adopt an accent that is definitely NOT my standard Southern.

This classic cocktail was created by American-born writer, Erskine Gwynne in the late 1920’s. Erskine founded a monthly magazine in Paris called, you guessed it, Boulevardier. The more you know.


Boulevardier Cocktail with bottle of Camparie, extra glass with ice sphere and strainer to sideWhat is a Boulevardier Cocktail?

A Boulevardier cocktail is a 3 ingredient cocktail that is equal parts Campari, rye whisky or bourbon, and sweet red vermouth. It is stirred, strained and served over ice in an old fashioned glass (or rocks glass). Garnished simply with an orange peel.

Boulevardier Cocktail with ice sphere, garnished with orange peel, bottles of liquor to side

I chose to flame my orange peel because any time I can use my kitchen torch, I’m going to. Maybe I am a little fancy, or a pyromaniac. 

Boulevardier Cocktail with ice sphere and orange peel, campari bottle and rye whiskey bottle to side with strainer

What does Camparti smell and taste like?

Campari at first smell, smells bitter. Similar to an orange peel and/or bitter greens smell. When you taste Campari, the bitterness is evident throughout but there are notes of sweet cherry and orange, with a spicy edge reminiscent of cinnamon.

Boulevardier Cocktail with ice sphere and orange peel, extra glasses, bottle of campari and rye whiskey to side

How To Make Clear Ice?

Use pure water. Boil water twice. Cool and pour into ice mold. If pouring into an ice cube tray cover with plastic wrap to keep particles out. Transfer mold or tray to freezer until frozen.

I hope you’ll give this prohibition era cocktail a go. There’s no bar-tending experience required. Please remember to drink and enjoy this adult beverage responsibly.




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Boulevardier Cocktail

A prohibition era cocktail that's made with 3 ingredients Whiskey, Camparti and Sweet Vermouth.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce rye whiskey or bourbon
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • orange peel to garnish


  1. Place ice sphere into a rocks glass.
  2. Into a cocktail shaker add: campari, whiskey, and sweet vermouth. Fill half way with ice.
  3. Stir until chilled.
  4. Strain into glass.
  5. Garnish with orange peel.


  1. 1
    Meghan /

    I will do anything to break out my kitchen torch 😉 Such a gorgeous cocktail!

  2. 2

    I love that it only takes three ingredients! Sounds great!

  3. 3
    Dee /

    What a beautiful cocktail! Definitely something to make!

  4. 4

    This is a pretty cocktail! Love the garnish!

  5. 5
    Allison /

    I have never heard of this before. It sounds great – I will definitely have to try it!

  6. 6
    Allyson Zea /

    I love a good cocktail! I can’t wait to try this out! YUM!

  7. 7

    Such an amazing cocktail! I can’t wait to give this a try!

  8. 8

    My Italian friends turned me on to the Americano (Campari + Vermouth). Then I found the Negroni while surfing the net, then I came here and found the Boulevardier and my life has never been the same! This is an incredible drink!

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