46th Boulevard {a boulevardier variation}

In case you haven’t heard yet, Negroni Week for 2015 is coming up June 1-7th. As a big fan of the negroni {and all it’s many variations}, I’m super excited about this week. Plus, I can always get behind a week of drinking for a good cause. Anyway, if you can’t make it out to your favorite bar or restaurant to celebrate, join me at home with this super fancy and super delicious Boulevardier variation {which is a variation of the negroni with bourbon instead of gin}. Think of it as a variation of a variation.

46th Boulevard : a boulevardier variation with Maker's Mark 46 : onemartini.com

The boulevardier cocktail is equal parts bourbon, Campari and sweet vermouth. For this boulevardier variation, I used Maker’s Mark 46 for the bourbon. It’s the same bourbon as Maker’s Mark, but aged longer with French Oak Staves added to the barrels. This gives it big flavors of vanilla, caramel and oak that make it a great match for the other ingredients. Gran Classico was used in place of Campari and Punt e Mes for the sweet vermouth. I also added a dash of mole bitters and a lemon peel garnish to round things out.

46th Boulevard : a boulevardier variation : onemartini.com

I have to say, I’ve played around with the rations of these ingredients in many different ways. From doing a boulevardier variation to a manhattan variation and everything in between. So far, none of the combinations have been bad. In fact, they’ve all been good. Very, very, very good. But, I decided to go with this version for the interwebz since it’s the closest to a negroni and Negroni Week is coming up.

And if you feel like going out instead to celebrate Negroni Week, be sure to check out their website for a list of participating bars and restaurants.

{Boulevardier variation}
Serves: 1
  • 1 ounce Makers 46
  • 1 ounce Gran Classico
  • 1 ounce Punt y Mes
  • 8 drops (1 dash) mole bitters
  • Lemon peel for garnish
  1. Add all ingredients except garnish to a mixing glass and fill with ice.
  2. Stir and strain into a rocks glass with a large cube (or into a Nick & Nora glass if you prefer to serve up).
  3. Express the oil of the lemon peel over the drink, rub around the rim of the glass and drop the peel in the drink before enjoying!

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Jessica Torres is the chief cocktail creator here at One Martini. Outside of the internet, she works at DEATH & TAXES (a bar) and midtown eats (a restaurant) in Reno, Nevada. When not working, Jessica can be found working out, spending time with her family or attempting to nap. Subscribe to our newsletter to get all of the latest cocktail creations delivered directly to your inbox.
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2 comments… add one
  • Kyle May 18, 2015, 5:18 pm

    i Hmm, interesting take one the Boulevardier. I don’t have a lot of experience using mole bitters so I would love to give this one a try and see how it changes things up.

    • Jessica Torres May 18, 2015, 5:52 pm

      I tried the drink with and without the bitters. Personally, I liked with better but I wouldn’t make a special purchase of bitters just for the drink. It’s still good without them.


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