Friday, 17 January 2014

Friday Cocktail: The Boulevardier

New year, new cocktails.

I'm breaking out of my cocktail comfort zone thanks to the multitude of mixology gifts my lovely family bought me, and I'm already liking what I'm learning.

This week, I'm going for a twist on the classics that's sort of like the mongrel lovechild of the negroni and the manhattan: The Boulevardier. Apparently it's named after a Parisian magazine, whose owner invented it in the 1920s.

Made using bourbon (so what's not to love?) this is a complex, warming blend of the sour, the sweet and the saucy, and it's completely perfect for sipping on dark, chilly January Friday nights by candlelight, all cosy.

Traditionally there's more bitters in it than this, but I think this ratio gives better balance and makes this super smooth and satisfying.

The Boulevardier Cocktail recipe (serves one)

Ingredients:

2 shots bourbon
1 shot sweet vermouth
1 shot campari bitters
Ice
Maraschino cherry or orange peel, to garnish

Shake it!

1. Pour the bourbon, vermouth and campari into a tall glass or cocktail shaker filled with ice.
2. Give it a good stir.
3. Strain into a champagne saucer or martini glass.
4. Garnish with a cherry or some orange peel, if you fancy.

What twists on cocktail classics tickles your tastebuds? Tell us in the comments!

Image taken from gingerchrismc's photostream under the CCL.

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