Patricia Cocktail

Patricia Cocktail – A Dry Vermouth Variation of the Negroni

This is a dry variation of a Negroni. I like both equally and can’t say the Boulevardier is better or worse than the Patricia. It just depends on your mood.

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Patricia Cocktail – A Dry Boulevardier

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

174

kcal
ABV

27%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make the Patricia Cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz

  • Campari
  • 1 oz

  • Dry Vermouth
  • 1 oz

  • Dry Gin

Directions

  • Add Ice To Mixing Glass and combine all ingredients in the mixing glass.
  • Stir the ingredients for 20 – 30 seconds to properly chill and dilute the drink.
  • Strain into glass.
Negroni

Negroni – Classic 1917 Cocktail From Florence, Italy

When I was a kid I would ask my dad stuff like who invented pizza, and my dad would say Mr. Pizza. or who invented cups and my dad would say Mr. Cup, who invented shoes, Mr. Shoe, etc. So the Negroni came about as a boozier version of he Americano. The story goes that Mr. Negroni walked in to a bar in Florence, Italy and asked the bartender to serve his favorite drink, the Americano, but with gin instead of soda water. And lo’ and behold, the Negroni was born. So Yes in this case, the Negroni, was invented by Mr. Negroni.

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Negroni Cocktail – Classic 1917 Recipe from Florence, Italy

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Course: DrinksCuisine: Italian
Servings

1

servings
Calories

186

kcal
ABV

27%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make a classic and simple Negroni

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Campari

  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth

  • 1 oz Dry Gin

Directions

  • Add Ice To Mixing Glass and combine all ingredients in the mixing glass.
  • Stir the ingredients for 20 – 30 seconds to properly chill and dilute the drink.
  • Strain into glass and garnish with an orange slice
Boulevardier Cocktail

Boulevardier Cocktail – Classic 1930s Erskine Gwynne Recipe

History Of The Boulevardier

The Boulevardier was invented in Paris in the early 1930s by an American journalist, Erskine Gwynne. It was basically made as a bourbon variation of the Negroni. The word boulevardier is a French term for a wealthy, fashionable socialite man. Similar to the English term “man about town” It is easy to mispronounce the name if you don’t speak French ( I don’t and I had to look it up the first time I heard of this drink ) but the phonetic way to say it is “bool-ah-vard-ee-a”. If you say this wrong the first few times, then you are in good company, because everyone struggles with the name of this cocktail at first so just Google it so you can hear someone say it.

Ordering a boulevardier

The Boulevardier is a very cool drink to order and has tricked people into thinking I am more sophisticated than I really am. The Negroni has an old man connotation but the boulevardier is what young high class men order. In addition any bar can make it. Every bar from your small normal corner bar to a high class craft bar and you won’t look out of place ordering it either. There are very few cocktails you can say that about. So if the bar has a liquor license, then they can make the boulevardier. The bartender will already know what it is and it will be made pretty well too.

How Does It Taste

The boulevardier is a very well balance tasting cocktail. The medicinal bitter Campari is complimented nicely by the herbal sweet Vermouth, all with a nice caramel-y, vanilla-y bourbon base. It’s a simple and fantastic drink worthy of all the praise it gets. That being said it is not for everyone. I like strong drinks and herbal flavors so its perfect for someone like me. My wife on the other hand is more a Moscow Mule kind of person and she would never want a drink like this. If you like Manhattans or Negronis then you will love this cocktail but if you are more a rum and coke or Moscow mule kind of person then you will not like the boulevardier.

Variations of the Boulevardier

Four popular varitions of the Boulevardier are:

  • Negroni
  • Americano
  • Man About Town
  • Patricia

The boulevardier is actually a variation of the Negroni which predates the boulevardier by about 10 years. The Negroni has a drier and more herbal taste than the boulevardier but they are very similar drinks. Another variation is the Americano which predates the negroni and is the first cocktail to use Campri. In fact the Americano was invented by Gaspare Campari himself and originally called the Milano-Torino. Its a totally different drink though and is more a refreshing highball with a similar flavor profile. Very few people have heard of the Patricia. It swaps the sweet vermouth for dry vermouth and that makes it a very dry and bitter drink, much more than even the Negroni. I like Negronis but the Patricia is a bit too much for even me. If you are the person who thinks the Negroni is not dry or bitter enough for you then you may like the Patricia.

The Most Important Ingredient

The most important ingredient in this is the sweet vermouth. There is only one Campari and while bourbon provides a nice vanilla and toasted oak base to the drink and does matter, it’s the sweet vermouth that will make a biggest difference. The subtle bourbon flavors are overpowered by the strong campari and vermouth flavors. There are not really any bad sweet vermouths and the cheaper stuff works fine but there are a few amazing ones out there too. I usually buy smaller 375ml bottles of sweet vermouth because it is wine based and like all wines it goes bad after a little while. It has a slightly longer shelf life than normal red wine but not much more. When I buy the larger 750ml bottles I find half of it ends up spoiled before I finish using it. So instead of spending $7 for a large normal bottle of sweet vermouth that you will end up wasting half of, spend $13 for an amazing bottle of sweet vermouth that’s half the size but you will actually finish. Once you start using really nice sweet vermouth you will never want to use anything else. It makes a very noticeable difference for not that much more money.

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Boulevardier Cocktail – Classic 1930s Erskine Gwynne Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Course: DrinksCuisine: French
Servings

1

servings
Calories

183

kcal
ABV

27%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make the original Boulevardier. The perfect blend of sweet and bitter aperitifs with a nice bourbon base. 

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Campari

  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth

  • 1 oz Bourbon

Directions

  • Add Ice To Mixing Glass and combine all ingredients in the mixing glass.
  • Stir the ingredients for 20 – 30 seconds to properly chill and dilute the drink.
  • Strain into glass.
  • Garnish with an expressed orange peel.

Recipe Video

Americano Cocktail

Americano Cocktail – Classic 1860s Gaspare Campari Recipe

The History Of The Americano

The Americano cocktail was invented around the mid 1860s in Milan, Italy by Gaspare Campari. Gaspare ran around Italy trying to sell his bitter aperitif till he met his soon to be wife and settled down in Milan. Settling down in Milan he opened up Gaspare’s Bar where he sold his aperitif, which he also named after himself, and began mixing up the house cocktail called the Milano-Torino. Milano because that is where he produced Campari and Torino because that is the town that produced Italian sweet vermouth. As time went on the drink became a huge hit and the drink of choice for many traveling Americans. By the early 1900s the Milano-Torino became better known as an Americano. It is considered the predecessor to the Negroni since the Negroni was invented as a strong Americano. The difference between the Americano and its more famous younger brother the Negroni is the Negroni Swaps the 120ml (4 oz) of soda water for 30 mls (1 oz) of gin. This changes the cocktail from being a refreshing and light highball to a boozy and more bitter lowball cocktail.

Variations Of The Americano

Variations of the Americano include: The Negroni, The Boulevardier, The Man About Town, and the Patricia. These cocktails have a similar flavor profile to the americano but are very different in style. They are all short strong drinks while the Americano is tall light and refreshing. There is nothing really quite like the americano but these 4 are the most similar you will find.

How Does it Taste

The Americano taste is a very refreshing since the soda water helps cut the bitter and herbal Aperitifs. The flavor is still very medicinal and not for everyone. If you are someone who like medicinal or herbal flavors then you may like this, but if you are someone who sticks to rum and cokes, adioses, or mules then this may not be for you. If you are curious about trying Campari then this would be the drink to start with.

The Most Important Ingredient

The most important ingredient in this is the sweet vermouth. There is only one Campari and soda water is all the same but the sweet vermouth you use will make a big difference. There are not really any bad sweet vermouths and the cheaper stuff works fine but there are a few amazing ones out there too. I usually buy smaller 375ml bottles of sweet vermouth because it is wine based and like all wines it goes bad after a little while. It has a slightly longer shelf life than normal red wine but not much more. When I buy the larger 750ml bottles I find half of it ends up spoiled before I finish using it. So instead of spending $7 for a large normal bottle of sweet vermouth that you will end up wasting half of, spend $13 for an amazing bottle of sweet vermouth that’s half the size but you will actually finish. Once you start using really nice sweet vermouth you will never want to use anything else. It makes a very noticeable difference for not that much more money.

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Americano Cocktail – Classic 1860s Gaspare Campari Recipe

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

162

kcal
ABV

8%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make a classic 1860s Americano. 

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Campari

  • 1.5 oz Sweet Vermouth

  • 4 oz Soda Water

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients except for the soda water in your serving glass with ice.
  • Stir and combine those ingredients and chill the glass.
  • Gently add the soda water to maintain its carbonation.
  • Garnish with an orange slice.

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