The Story Behind The Bulleit Boulevardier

The Boulevardier is similar to a Negroni, but Bulleit Bourbon is used instead of gin. It was created by an American living in Paris in the 1920s. The drink is not an equal-part cocktail like a Negroni, because a bit more bourbon is used, which helps make the drink rich. If you want a Negroni outside on a piazza, you’ll want a Boulevardier cozied up inside by a fireplace.


  • 1 ½ ounces Bulleit Bourbon
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1 ounce Italian bitter aperitif
  • Garnish: orange twist


  1. Using a sharp knife and a cutting board, remove a long slice of orange skin, leaving as little pith on the peel as possible. Gently curl into a twist and set aside.
  2. Combine bourbon, sweet vermouth, and Italian bitter aperitif in a cocktail shaker or mixing glass with ice.
  3. Stir until combined and strain into a rocks glass with a large ice cube.
  4. Twist the orange peel over the drink to express the oils, then add as garnish.

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Yield: Approximate serving size is 1.7 servings. Please enjoy responsibly.
Updated: 2023-04-25

Bulleit Boulevardier

This recipe is sponsored by The Bar