Make It: The Speakeasy Boulevardier
1 1/2 Ounces of Bourbon
1 Ounce of Campari… There is NO SUBSTITUTE for the real thing.
1 Orange Slice or Twist.
Cracked Ice (Use the back of your bar spoon and your palm)
In a mixing glass or cocktail shaker filled with your pre-cracked ice, measure and add your bourbon and Campari. Stir well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass over fresh ice. Garnish with your orange slice or twist and serve with a toast to Erskine and Harry.
Please step into our Swizl time machine. Our destination is Paris in the 1920s, a truly electric time and place. We’ll be meeting Erskine Gwynne and Harry MacElhone, an ex-pat American writer and a talented Scottish bartender both riding out Prohibition in the city of lights.
Erskine was at the helm of a French literary and socialite magazine known as The Boulevardier that acted as a forum for legendary writers like James Joyce, Ernest Hemmingway and Sinclair Lewis. He is credited as the inventor of the drink and it’s named after his heady publication.
Harry was a bar man who ran the aptly dubbed Harry’s New York Bar located at 5 Rue Daunou in Paris. Harry was also a writer, penning now-legendary mixology books to the cocktail set. His 1927 book Barflies and Cocktails contains the first reference to The Boulevardier as a cocktail. He gives props to Mr. Gwynne in the process too. That book became one of the bibles of the speakeasies and illicit bars across the pond in the US, too.
Think of the Speakeasy Boulevardier as a duskier, sexier relative of the Negroni. It’s like that super sexy cousin staying with your best friend for that one amazing summer you never wanted to end.