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Bourbon, Campari, Sweet Vermouth

A complex, bittersweet sipper.

Acrylic on canvas 50.0 x 50.0 cm / 19.7 x 19.7 in

A man who frequents the cafés on the boulevards of Paris; hence, any man about town.
Collins Dictionary

In the thriving literary and artistic circles of 1920s Paris, Erskine Gwynne stood out as a prominent figure. An American writer and socialite, he founded The Boulevardier, a literary magazine that became a hub for emerging artists and writers. Gwynne's magazine epitomised the cosmopolitan spirit of the era, celebrating creativity and culture. Often deemed the equivalent of The New Yorker in the heart of Paris, it offered a platform for fresh voices and avant-garde ideas.

In homage to Erskine Gwynne's influential contributions to the vibrant Parisian social scene, the illustrious bartender Harry McElhone crafted what would become a timeless classic: the Boulevardier cocktail, at his iconic Harry's New York Bar. This libation, a clever reinterpretation of the Negroni, ingeniously replaced gin with the warmth of bourbon. The result? A rich and intricate concoction that artfully mirrored Gwynne's fusion of Parisian sophistication and American flair.

The Boulevardier cocktail's ascent to legendary status was cemented when McElhone included it in his 1927 seminal bar guide, Barflies and Cocktails. With that inclusion, the Boulevardier carved out its own niche, forever cementing its place as a cherished icon in the pantheon of classic cocktails.


1.0oz / 30ml Bourbon

1.0oz / 30ml Campari

1.0oz / 30ml Sweet Vermouth

Orange coin

Prepare an orange coin garnish. Fill a nick & nora glass with cubed ice and put it to one side. Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass. Stir with ice for 15-20 seconds. Discard any excess water from the nick & nora glass. Strain. Express the orange oils over the top of the cocktail. Then position it on top of the cocktail.