The Boulevardier is attributed to the American author Erskine Gwynne. It is claimed that she thought of it one night in the late 1920s while enjoying herself at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris. While similar to the Negroni, the substitution of whiskey for the gin gives this cocktail a richer feel. As the Negroni is to Spring and Summer, so the Boulevardier is to Fall and Winter.
Our Sidewinder Boulevardier changes out one ingredient – Aperol replaces Campari in our rendition. Had Ms. Gwynne known about our vermouth, no doubt Aperol would have been her choice!
As for the bourbon – we like a high rye version that keeps the gentle sweetness from the corn but adds that touch of spice from the rye.
- 1 oz Sidewinder (or other high rye) bourbon
- 1 oz Aperol
- 1 oz Sidewinder Winder and Bow sweet vermouth
- Dash, or more, of chocolate bitters.
Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled mixing glass. Stir until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass with one large ice cube.
Garnish ideas: think of things that go with that hint of chocolate from the bitters – a twist of orange or a Luxardo maraschino cherry, perhaps. Both should work well with this cocktail.
Aperol with our Sidewinder sweet vermouth creates a magical marriage. Aperol can be purchased in most states. However, Winder and Bow Sweet Vermouth is available only through mail order or pick up. We can ship our vermouth to 40 states.