Classic Cocktail: Boulevardier

The Boulevardier Cocktail - at Pulitzer Amsterdam

The Boulevardier. This almost forgotten cocktail first appeared in the 1927 bartender’s guide “Barflies and Cocktails” and was created at the legendary Harry’s New York Bar in Paris. Famous clientele of this fine establishment were Ernest Hemingway, the Duke of Windsor and Humphrey Bogart.

 In Ian Fleming’s “From a View to a Kill” James Bond recalls visiting Harry’s Bar as a young man. Bartender and owner Harry MacElhone made this classic cocktail for American expatriate Erskine Gwynn who was a Parisian socialite and nephew of famous industrialist Alfred Vanderbilt. Gwynn was founder of a monthly magazine called Boulevardier which was published from 1927 to 1932 and this is how this cocktail got its name. If you like a Negroni then it is definitely worth trying the Boulevardier. Basically you substitute bourbon for gin. Cheers! 🥃

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