Rose Water Boulevardier

Yes, you should know by now how much we love a good Negroni. A classic cocktail made from equal portions of sweet vermouth, gin and Campari, Negroni is like the classy uncle that always brings gifts. Well, one simple swap of bourbon for gin and you've got the Boulevardier. Think of it as the drunk uncle who invites himself to dinner. 

After experimenting with flower waters a while back, we loved the subtle differences a few dashes could make. While this cocktail would be damn tasty without it, you will be amazed at how so little of one ingredient can add so much. The floral notes from the rose are an excellent friend to the vermouth and Campari and we'd be missing an opportunity to be cheesy if we didn't make this one with Four Roses Bourbon. C'mon, really? How could we resist?

Besides being perfect for a rose-themed cocktail, Four Roses is actually pretty damn tasty. We made it with their Yellow Label variety, but their Single Barrel or Small Batch bourbons would also be outstanding.

 

equipment:

cocktail mixing glass
bar spoon 
strainer
rocks glass

ingredients:

1.5 oz sweet vermouth
1.5 oz Campari
1.5 oz Four Roses Yellow Label
2 dashes rose water
strip of lemon or orange zest for garnish


method:

Fill cocktail mixing glass with ice and add bourbon, vermouth, Campari, and rose water. Stir to chill for 20-30 seconds before straining contents into a chilled rocks glass (with or without ice - your call). Express the oils from citrus over glass and drop in to garnish.