Barrel-Aged Boulevardier

2014-07-24

Ingredients

  • 1½ part Bourbon
  • 1 part Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 part Campari

  • Pour all ingredients into a clean oak barrel. Barrel character will be apparent by week 1, and continue to deepen following that. To serve, tap 3-4 ounces into a mixing glass. Stir, with ice, to chill and strain into a Coupe Glass (or serve in a Rocks Glass with a large ice cube). Garnish with an orange twist. (Alternately, bottle the contents of the barrel into clean single-serving bottles. Cap, refrigerate, pour over an ice-cube and garnish as described above.)

We absolutely love barrel-aging the Boulevardier. This rich, bitter classic (a cousin of the Negroni) evolves into a truly elegant sipper after spending a few weeks in oak. We appreciate the way aging cocktails in oak barrels provide them a unique depth, smoothness, and complexity with subtle hints of oak, smoke, and vanilla. Enjoy it as it ages and evolves in your barrel. You’ll notice changes at day 5, with a peak (in a 3-liter barrel) at about 4 weeks. (The larger your barrel, the longer it will take to reach its aging peak.) Learn more about the Boulevardier (and the Negroni) by attending our Cocktail College class on their creation and evolution. If you’re new to barrel aging cocktails, then check out our Tools & Technique video to learn the particulars, and check out the other Barrel-Aged Cocktails we enjoy, as well.

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