Pre-prohibition cocktails and modern twists on classics




1oz Rye

1oz Campari

.5oz Carpano Antica

.5oz Amaro Averna

1 barspoon Allspice Dram

2 dashes Regan’s Bitters

Peat Monster Scotch (rinse)

2 Orange Twists


Add the rye, Campari, Carpano Antica, vermouth, allspice dram and orange bitters to a mixing glass. Add ice and stir. Rinse a cocktail glass with Peat Monster, then strain the drink into the glass. Express the oils of one twist, then discard. Flame the second orange twist and place in the cocktail.


What started as a subtle variation of one of my favorites, the Boulevardier, turned into something a bit more interesting. I was hoping to make a boulevardier-esque cocktail, but work Averna into the mix. Swapping it in for half of the sweet vermouth was a good start, but ultimately a bit too sweet and lacking complexity to my taste. Using the spicier flavor of rye (prefer 100 proof for this one) in place of bourbon was a nice counter to the sweet caramel flavors in Averna. The addition of just a hint of allspice dram as well as a few dashes of orange bitters, really changes the profile quite a bit. The smokey citrus finish from the Peat Monster rinse and flamed orange really ties this one together.

So what does it taste like? While the base is pure boulevardier, a sudden spike of sweetness strikes the mid palette but is quickly replaced by a bitter orange allspice tinged finish. The finish somehow reminds me a bit of the Fourth Regiment Cocktail, although just a tad sweeter. This is likely from the Regan’s bitters, which to my palate has a subtle celery flavor under all the orange.

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