Tonight (in just a few short hours!), I’ll be joining Van Brunt Stillhouse, the Red Hook, Brooklyn based distillery I’ve profiled here before, at Atlantic Cellars for a spirits tasting. They will be sampling a number of their products that range from a limited edition grappa to a smooth, delicate amber-colored rum called Due North, to a variety of excellent whiskeys. I’ll be mixing up a classic cocktail tonight, using their delicious Malt Whiskey.
The Boulevardier is a pre-prohibition era cocktail that is often described as a whiskey Negroni. Bourbon or rye takes the place of the gin. However, this cocktail, while not as popular, pre-dates the Negroni and the proportions can be slightly different. While the Negroni is typically made with equal parts gin, Campari and sweet vermouth, the Boulevardier backs off on the Campari and sweet vermouth and goes a little heavier on the spirit, with the addition of whiskey making up a part and a half or, sometimes, two parts of the cocktail. You also have the option to strain the finished cocktail over rocks or into a coupe, straight up. I tend to like my Negronis on the rocks.and my Boulevardiers straight up. Some people like their Boulevardiers with bourbon, others prefer rye but the Van Brunt Stillhouse Malt Whiskey, created entirely from malted barley and matured for nine months in American oak casks, works beautifully in this cocktail. Woodsy and spicy, with a hint of nuts and tobacco offset the herbal, bitter and sweet notes of the other ingredients. In any case, this is a perfect winter cocktail!
1.5 oz Whiskey (Van Brunt Stillhouse Malt Whiskey)
1 oz Campari
1 oz Sweet Vermouth (Carpano Antica Formula is a favorite)
Orange peel or cherry (for garnish)
In a mixing glass filled with ice, stir all ingredients 30-40 seconds, until well chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail or coupe glass. Garnish with orange peel or cherry.
Come out to Atlantic Cellars tonight from 6-9pm to try some excellent, local spirits from Van Brunt Stillhouse and this winter blues fighting tipple!