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What’s the Difference Between a Negroni and Boulevardier?

The Negroni has been around for over 100 years, and it’s still a go-to aperitif for people all around the world.

As well as cementing its place as an iconic gin-based cocktail, the Negroni has spawned many variations, including the Boulevardier – a whiskey-based take on the Negroni that has been around since the 1920s.

While both cocktails feature Campari and Vermouth and are similar in colour, there are some dissimilarities, most notably in their taste. So first, let’s understand how to make a Negroni and a Boulevardier, before diving deeper into the differences between these two classic cocktail recipes.

How to make a Negroni

Despite spawning many variations, the recipe for the Negroni has not changed in over 100 years. The Negroni recipe below uses Hendrick’s Gin, which is created with 11 unique botanicals that emphasise the fruity flavours at the heart of this iconic cocktail.


  • 30ml Hendrick’s Gin
  • 30ml sweet vermouth
  • 30ml Campari
  • Orange wedge to garnish


  • Combine the Hendrick’s gin, vermouth and Campari into a rocks glass with ice
  • Stir gently and garnish with the orange wedge

How to make a Boulevardier

If you prefer whisky to gin, you’ll be pleased to learn that a Boulevardier is just as simple to mix as a Negroni. This recipe features Monkey Shoulder blended malt Scotch whisky, which is made for mixing perfect whisky cocktails. Monkey Shoulder has a smooth, malty and fruity character – making it bold enough to stand out in a drink, but balanced enough to not take it over.


  • 45ml Monkey Shoulder
  • 30ml Discarded Cascara Vermouth
  • 30ml Campari
  • Orange zest to garnish


  • Combine the Monkey Shoulder, sweet vermouth and Campari into a mixing glass with ice
  • Stir and strain into a coupe glass
  • Garnish with the orange zest

How to make a Boulevardier with Glenfiddich 15 Year Old

To truly accentuate and emphasise the warm and spicy flavours, a Boulevardier should be made with a whisky such as the Glenfiddich 15 Year Old. This unique single malt whisky is left to mellow and intensify for 15 years in a unique Solera Vat, which produces rich and complex flavours.


  • 30ml Glenfiddich 15 Year Old
  • 30ml Campari
  • 30ml sweet vermouth
  • Orange peel to garnish


  • Add the Glenfiddich, Campari and vermouth to a mixer and shake with ice
  • Strain into a glass with ice cubes
  • Garnish with orange peel

How to make a Discardier (Boulevardier with Discarded Cascara Vermouth

This ‘Discardier’ is the same warm and spicy Boulevardier you know, only with the full and sweet flavour of Discarded Cascara Vermouth. This vermouth is made with the rich-tasting coffee bean fruit that’s typically thrown away in coffee production, resulting in a particularly delicious and complex fortified wine.


  • 35ml Discarded Cascara Vermouth
  • 35ml Monkey Shoulder
  • 35ml Campari
  • Orange zest to garnish


  • Pour the ingredients into a rocks glass over ice and stir
  • Garnish with orange zest

The difference between a Negroni and a Boulevardier

The first Negroni is said to have been made in 1919 in a Florentine café when Count Camillo Negroni requested an Americano with gin instead of soda water.

The Negroni that results from this simple change combines the bitterness of the Campari with botanical gin, sweet Vermouth and orange to create a wonderfully dark and fruity flavour.

The Boulevardier, on the other hand, was invented in the 1920s by the writer Erskine Gwynne, who moved to Paris and became the editor of The Boulevardier.

A Boulevardier is a warming drink that’s perfect for serving during the colder months. The drink consists of bold tastes, like whisky, Campari, and rich, zesty orange, combining to create a rich and spicy aperitif.

The differences also extend to how the drinks are served, with the Negroni typically served in a tumbler and the Boulevardier being traditionally served in a coupe glass.

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2022-01-20 18:23:22By Clink*





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