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Boulevardier (Negroni)

Negroni_served_in_Vancouver_BC (1)And now for something a little headier for the cold nights this weekend.

A classic Negroni is made from one part gin, one part vermouth rosso and one part Campari, garnished with orange peel. The Boulevardier is a twist on the classic Negroni, replacing the gin with Bourbon or rye whiskey, making it altogether more America. The creation of the Boulevardier is attributed to Erskine Gwynne, an American-born writer who founded a monthly magazine in Paris called Boulevardier, which was published from 1927 to 1932.

The creation of the Negroni meanwhile is attributed to a rich Florentine Count Camillo Negroni who in 1919 asked his bartender, Fosco Scarselli, to add gin, rather than soda water, to his Americano cocktail. Following its success, the Negroni Family founded Negroni Distillerie in Treviso producing a ready-made version of the drink, sold as Antico Negroni in 1919.

To make: Mix one part Bourbon or rye whiskey with one part vermouth rosso and one part Campari and garnish with orange peel.

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