We figured out what to do with the rest of that bottle of Campari.
Forget the Negronis. We’re drinking Boulevardiers.
Negronis didn’t go over too well with us. Danny kinda liked it it, but I thought the drink was too bitter and couldn’t finish it. Unfortunately, I’m not alone here.
But then the Boulevardier showed up in an email from Bon Appetit. It was pitched as a take on the Negroni, but this one would make a bourbon lover out of you. Well, we already loved bourbon, but this drink did change the way I feel about Campari.
The Boulevardier seems more balanced for my taste. Bourbon is swapped in for gin, then it’s just Campari and sweet vermouth with a lemon twist, but the bitterness of that Campari enhances rather than overpowers the drink. And it still gives off that pretty red hue. We’ve had a few rounds of them since discovering the drink, and I can tell you we’ll now have no problem finishing off that bottle.
So with this being Friday and all, I hope you try a Boulevardier this weekend and let me know if it makes a convert out of you, too. Here are some other ideas, and the variation with Prosecco may be hard to resist.
For me, this is the only way to drink Campari. A Negroni is too bitter for my taste, but this variation with bourbon is much more palatable.
2 ounces bourbon
1 ounce Campari
1 ounce sweet vermouth
Fill shaker with ice and add bourbon, Campari, and sweet vermouth. Stir until the shaker or glass is very cold. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist and serve.
Serves 1. Recipe from Bon Appetit.