the boulevard drink recipe: also called the boulevard manhattan

The Boulevard drink is a drink from the early 20th century dating back to the prohibition era. The drink uses Rye Whiskey as the base spirit. It is a drink recipe with not a whole lot of information about its origins. It first appeared in New York Sun by G. Selmer Fougner in 1935.

Sometimes also referred to as the Boulevard Manhattan, this is a blend of the whiskey with the sweetness of an orange liqueur and the bitterness of the orange bitters. Although the bitters are an optional ingredient as per the recipe, i strongly suggest using it as it adds an good and unique twist to the taste of the drink.


  • 2 shots of Rye Whiskey
  • 1/2 shot of Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 shot of Dry Vermouth
  • 2 dashes of Orange bitters (optional)
  • Orange Peel for garnish


  1. Add ice cubes into a martini shaker
  2. Add 2 shots of Rye Whiskey into the shaker
  3. Add 1/2 a shot of the Grand Marnier
  4. Add 1/2 a shot of the Dry Vermouth
  5. Shake the contents of the shaker
  6. Add 2 or 3 dashes of the orange bitters into a chilled martini glass
  7. Swirl the bitters around in the glass to coat evenly
  8. Strain the contents of the shaker into the martini glass
  9. Garnish with a twisted orange peel
boulevard drink with rye whiskey

Variations and Similar Drinks

Some variations of this recipe uses the Bourbon Whiskey instead of the Rye Whiskey. You could use either one of the American Whiskies.
The orange bitters are optional, and some recipe variations completely omit the orange bitters.

New Orleans Cocktail: A drink with the same flavor profile of whiskey and orange.


  • If you do use the bitters, you can also add the bitters into the shaker with the other ingredients prior to shaking.
  • Cointreau is another orange liqueur that is a good substitute for Grand Marnier.
  • This recipe is also served stirred instead of shaken. If you like it stirred, add all the ingredients into the shaker with ice and use a long bar spoon.