Maker's Mark® Cask Strength Boulevardier

This 1920s cocktail is a bourbon-based take on an even older classic: the Negroni. This version replaces gin with Maker's Mark® Cask Strength, delivering intriguing depth and warmth.


  • 1-1/2 parts Maker’s Mark Cask Strength
  • 3/4 parts Campari® Liqueur
  • 3/4 parts sweet vermouth
  • Orange peel for garnish
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Pro Tips
The < 15% rule
At an ABV of 20%, you could refrigerate Campari® Liqueur – but don't need to. An opened bottle of the lower-proof vermouth will stay fresh in your fridge for three months.
Pairs well with
Pairing snacks against the complex bitterness of Campari Liqueur can prove to be challenging. Bold cheeses, charcuterie and smoky-salty dishes should fare just fine.
Do the twist
When making citrus twists, a potato peeler will work in place of the handy-dandy channeling knives the pros use.
Stir things up
Stirring your cocktail not only mixes the ingredients but helps the ice chill your drink quicker and dilutes it just a touch. That’s a good thing. The water can play an important role in balancing the complexity of your drink.

How to

  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail mixing glass or other stirring vessel.
  2. Add ice.
  3. Stir for 30 seconds.
  4. Using a cocktail strainer, strain into a serving glass over ice.
  5. Garnish with an orange peel.

A New York bar in Paris History of the Boulevardier

Prohibition chased overseas some American barmen who could not – or would not – reinvent themselves stateside. One such expat, Harry MacElhone, opened the legendary Harry's New York Bar in Paris. The hangout for such famous actors and writers as Humphry Bogart, Ernest Hemingway and Rita Hayworth is also where the Boulevardier is said to have been born. The name came from writer Erskine Gwynne, a nephew of Alfred Vanderbilt who fled to Paris to start a French version of The New Yorker magazine called Le Boulevardier. Gwynne's signature drink appeared in Barflies and Cocktails, the 1927 bar guide penned by Harry MacElhone.

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