Blood Orange Boulevardier

As the weather turned cooler, I transitioned from my summertime Aperol spritzes to the harsher negroni. Soon after, I discovered the boulevardier — a riff off of the negroni utilizing bourbon rather than gin. These cocktails lend a slight sweetness that rounds out the bitterness of the amaro, which I adored. But why not swap the orange slice of the negroni for a blood orange in the new year, and supplement with some Solerno blood orange liqueur? Thus this high-octane cocktail with a bittersweet balance was born! (I even made them in batch form for my New Year’s Eve party!)

Ingredients

1 oz bourbon (I used Bulleit bourbon here, but love Leopold’s)
1 oz sweet vermouth (Cinzano Rosso adds an extra red color)
1 oz Campari
1/2 oz Solerno blood orange liqueur
Blood orange slice or peel for garnish

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Directions

Add bourbon, vermouth, campari, and solerno to mixing glass with ice. Stir until icy cold. Add ice cube to glass and pour cocktail over. Garnish with a slice of blood orange in the glass or a strip of peel. Enjoy!