Boulevardier of Broken Dreams

550boulevardier2We’re hosting an Oscars viewing party tonight and I’m making my version of Kit Anderson’s famous Bad Attitude chili. The recipe calls for some bourbon and as I didn’t have any at hand that I was willing to pour into a vat of chili I went out yesterday and came back with a liter bottle of Old Grand-Dad 80 Proof. Naturally, my thoughts turned to cocktails to be served with the chili and from there to the classic Boulevardier, which is basically a Negroni with bourbon/rye in place of the gin (though it apparently predates the more well-known Negroni). I’m still going to serve that but what I have here is a twist that I thought I’d improvised but which renowned killjoy, Jordan Devereaux told me on Twitter is something he was served at a bar in New York: basically, a Boulevardier with Bowmore 12 in place of bourbon/rye. Just because someone was already serving it doesn’t mean I didn’t invent it: just ask Christopher Columbus. I’m calling mine the Boulevardier of Broken Dreams.

Boulevardier of Broken Dreams.

1.5 oz Bowmore 12
1 oz Campari
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
1 Dash Orange Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into glass.


2 thoughts on “Boulevardier of Broken Dreams

  1. Hope you liked the Old Grand Dad. I like the Bottled in Bond version better than the 80 proof version. It’s price is about to go up about 25%.

    I’ll have to try your cocktail!


    • I actually did. I haven’t spent a lot of time with it obviously (only having purchased it on Saturday) but it was much better than you’d expect at $15. It made decent Boulevardiers and Manhattans last night and was actually quite nice just on its own too (no off-notes)—I might even review it next month. I haven’t tried its more popular and stronger siblings yet.


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