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A Classic Boulevardier With an Irish Whiskey Twist

Courtesy of Spyridon Koklas, assistant bar manager, The Shelbourne, Dublin

The classic Boulevardier is made with bourbon; this lively variation spotlights Irish whiskey, enriched with crème de cacao–accented vermouth.

“I always thought something was missing [from the classic] so I decided to make something with chocolate,” says Spyridon Koklas, who named the drink in homage to his own Greek heritage.

While The Shelbourne makes its cacao vermouth in-house, to approximate the effect at home Koklas suggests spiking sweet vermouth with a splash of crème de cacao.

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1 ounce Irish whiskey (Koklas uses Redbreast 12 Irish Whiskey)
1 ounce Aperol
1 ounce cacao vermouth (¾ ounce sweet vermouth mixed with ¼ ounce crème de cacao)
1 dash orange bitters
Grapefruit peel, for garnish
Grated nutmeg, for garnish


Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into coupe glass over large ice cube. Garnish with grapefruit peel and nutmeg.

This article originally appeared in the February/March 2022 issue of Wine Enthusiast magazine. Click here to subscribe today!

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