Whiskey cocktail

A classic boulevardier with a touch of Irish whiskey

Courtesy of Spyridon Koklas, Assistant Bar Manager, The Shelbourne, Dublin

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

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

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

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1 ounce Irish whiskey (Koklas uses Redbreast 12 Irish Whiskey)

1 ounce of Aperol

1 ounce cocoa vermouth (¾ ounce sweet vermouth mixed with ¼ ounce cocoa cream)

1 dash of orange bitters

Grapefruit zest, for garnish

Grated nutmeg, for garnish


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

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

Posted on March 5, 2022