About this Cocktail
“For the Negroni’s kissing cousin, the Boulevardier, I first want to consider the overall balance of the cocktail,” says Mike Raymond, owner of renowned Houston whiskey bar Reserve 101. “Although among bartenders aperitivi have been all the rage and the more bitter the better, I still want the cocktail to be balanced with a hint of bitter as opposed to a slap in the face.”
In fact, if you dial up any ingredient, it should be the whiskey, not the Campari or vermouth. In Raymond’s case, he heavily skews the proportions in such a direction, appropriate enough for a whiskey lover.
Not only does he amp up the whiskey ratio, he also goes for a high proof whiskey, and one with a spicy profile. “I prefer to use Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon as my base because the high rye mash bill gives it a heartier flavor to balance out the Campari,” Raymond says.
In Raymond’s case, his Boulevardier is as whiskey-forward as you can get. But the choice of the right vermouth is an important consideration too. It has to play just the right role while being present to a smaller degree. “For vermouth, I prefer Dolin Rouge. I find Dolin to be extremely versatile while adding a velvety quality to the mouthfeel of the drink,” Raymond says.
Photo Credit: Wild Turkey
2 oz Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon
1 oz Dolin Rouge Vermouth
¾ oz Campari
Add all ingredients to ice-filled mixing glass. Stir until well-chilled. Strain and serve up as they do at Reserve 101 or on the rocks which is Raymond’s preference.