The first we heard of a Boulevardier was a visitor to our meadery a while ago who thought it would work amazingly well with our Wild Red Mead. So yes, we had to try it.
The Boulevardier cocktail is on the up following in the wake of the Negroni cocktail which has exploded in popularity and recognition since 2009 or so. The Boulevardier is a bit like a Negroni, but made with whiskey.
The cocktail was created by Harry MacElhone of Harry’s New York Bar in Paris. Harry honed his mixology craft in the US during the golden age of cocktails before leaving because of prohibition to where he worked in the New York Bar, finally buying it in 1923.
Oh to be strolling along the Parisian boulevards! The nearest we are at the moment is watching “Call My Agent” on Netflix!
The Boulevardier is not, however, simply a Negroni with the gin swapped for whiskey. We like a little more of the fruit form our Wild Red Mead to come through. We suggest using a big, spicy Irish whiskey such as Redbreast 12 Year Old or maybe Teeling Small Batch whiskey.
Obviously we love the fruity smooth flavours from our Wild Red Mead that complement the spice and wood. Finally, there’s a whole world of Amari to choose from, the Italian aperitif, Campari being the most common but we were lucky enough to get a bottle of Irish O’Maro from Stillgarden disillery in Dublin which features local ingredients such as strawberry leaf, rosehip and raspberries. So we used that. Paris in Kinsale! Close your eyes and you’re almost there.
30ml Redbreast 12 Year Old Whiskey
30ml Wild Red Mead
Fill a tumbler with lots of ice and add all the ingredients.
Stir for 10 seconds and garnish with an orange twist.
Like Negroni, the Boulevardier is stirred, not shaken. Let us know how your Boulevardier worked out for you!