Boulevardier Cocktail Recipe – How to Make a Boulevardier

It’s is pronounced “bull-liv-ard-ee-ay”.

Boulevardier In Coupe Glass With Orange
Boulevardier In Coupe Glass With Orange

Let me offer a little assistance here. This cocktail is pronounced “bull-liv-ard-ee-ay.” Consider the Boulevardier as the french cousin to the Italian Negroni, which we covered in this post here.

Just like the Negroni, the Boulevardier is one of my favorites. It is easy to make and easy to drink.

History of the Boulevardier

The story goes that the Boulevardier was invented by Erskine Gwynne, an ex-pat American publisher of “Boulevardier,” a Parisian newsletter during the late 1920s and early 1930s.  


Boulevardier translates directly to “person who frequents boulevards” but has taken on the meaning of a socialite, a man about town, a Bon Vivant, or a sociable person who has cultivated and refined tastes, especially with respect to food and drink.   

Gustave Caillebotte - Jour De Pluie A Paris - Boulevardier cocktail recipe.
Gustave Caillebotte Jour De Pluie A Paris

What Are the Best Ingredients for A Boulevardier?

Remember, rye whiskey has a slightly spicer note to it than bourbon, which has a sweeter taste. Both can be used for the Boulevardier and depends only on what your palette prefers. If you’re going to use rye whiskey, we recommend using Bulleit Rye whiskey. If you need whiskey or sweet vermouth, then click here to have your booze ordered directly to your door.

Boulevardier Cocktail Recipe

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Recipe by Julian Solorzano Cuisine: Classic CocktailDifficulty: Easy ?






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This cocktail is pronounced “bull-liv-ard-ee-ay”. Consider the Boulevardier as the french cousin to the Italian Negroni.


  • 1 Ounce Bourbon or Rye Whiskey

  • 1 Ounce Campari

  • 1 Ounce Sweet Vermouth

  • 1 Orange zest coin for garnish (optional)

  • 1 Bordeaux cherry for garnish (optional)


  • Put ice directly into a rocks glass
  • Pour the Campari, Sweet Vermouth, and Bourbon into your rocks glass
  • Use a stirring spoon and swivel for 10 seconds
  • Garnish with orange peel (optional)
  • Enjoy your Boulevardier

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  • Compared to the Negroni, you’ll find that the Boulevardier is slightly less bitter and a little more sweet, and therefore more popular among Americans, with the Negroni more popular amongst Europeans. 
  • Although the recipe calls for equal parts for all ingredients, some people enjoy bumping up their whiskey to 1.50oz. Again, it is entirely up to you.

Conclusion: Boulevardier Cocktail Recipe


If you want to know more about cocktails from the 1920s, click here to check out our post. Which one do you prefer, the Negroni or the Boulevardier? Do you prefer making the Boulevardier with rye or with bourbon? Let us know in the comments below. As always, remember to stay home, stay safe, and get hammered.

Written by Julian Solorzano

Hailing from Queens, New York, Julian Solorzano served four years in the United States Air Force, traveling throughout Europe and experiencing the best of the local cultures, including their passion for good food and wine. He has since grown an appreciation for all things wine and mixology. Julian fuses that passion with his skills in writing, photography, and video production to share his passion with the world.


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    • Hi John, Thank you so much for catching that! You are the hero of the hour. I went ahead and made the correction. I too love the Boulevardier. It’s one of my favorite cocktails. Don’t forget to signup for our mailing list. All the best.

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