When he first whipped this drink up in 1927, Harry McElhone of Harry’s New York Bar in Paris wasn’t reinventing the wheel, just the Negroni. McElhone swapped out gin for American whiskey, resulting in a more rounded and subtle sip. In Harry’s ABC of Mixing Cocktails, the legendary barman pegged the idea to swap the base spirits on one of his regular customers, a young literary magazine editor named Erskine Gwynne. His publication, as you may have already guessed, was called The Boulevardier.

Bitter, Sweet


  • 1 oz Rye
  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth


Step one

Stir all ingredients with ice.

Step two

Strain into a chilled coupe glass.

Step three

Garnish with a twist of lemon for rye whiskey, and an orange twist for bourbon.

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Mix It Up!

You can play around with the aromatics here by adding bitters, and interplay between bourbons and ryes for different flavors. For a boozier drink, add 1.5 oz of whiskey rather than having all equal parts. The drink can also be served in an Old Fashioned glass over a large ice cube if desired.

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