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How to Make a Boulevardier Cocktail

boulevardier cocktail recipe

A Boulevardier cocktail is a classic, Pre-Prohibition drink. With only 3 ingredients (bourbon, Campari, and sweet vermouth), a Boulevardier is easy to make at home, or even in larger batches to share with friends for fall time.

This cocktail with a goofy name is a variant on a Negroni, a classic cocktail made of equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. In a Negroni, you are seeking balance in the components; bitter Campari tempered by sweet vermouth, with the gin adding punch and floral overtones to the whole.

With a Boulevardier, you replace the gin with bourbon, and raise the ratio of the bourbon a smidge. This results in a sweeter cocktail, and I find it helps to tame the bitterness of the Campari more so than just gin & sweet vermouth. It’s a brilliant drink to have before dinner, as the bitter-sweet flavor and slightly acerbic finish of the Campari will get your gland salivating and ready for dinner time.

boulevardier drink ingredients | Weller Bourbon |  Campari  |  Sweet Vermouth

To make a Boulevardier, try the following recipe:

* 1.5 oz Weller Special Reserve Bourbon
* 1 oz Campari
* 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
* Lemon Twist

Stir well over crushed ice & strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon.

As with any cocktail, the levels of Bourbon, vermouth, or Campari can be adjusted to make the finished drink more or less bitter or fruity, as suits your fancy. This is a great recipe to play around with, and something very easy (yet elegant) to put in front of guests.

Here the amounts to create a pitcher for guests. This will be about 6 to 8 servings.
For 1 Pitcher
* 1/4 bottle Weller Special Reserve Bourbon
* 1/4 bottle Campari
* 1/2 small bottle Sweet Vermouth
* Lemon Twist

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Presenting the Providence Cocktail Competition Contestants!

We’re gearing up for the Providence Cocktail Competition tomorrow night at 7pm at Féte Music! For just 10 bucks you’ll be able to sip 12 signature cocktails from bartenders and at home mixologists and help determine a winner. Plus 6 more secret ingredient cocktails made on the spot by finalists!

For us at Bottles, it’s not enough just to taste the cocktails – we want to make them at home too! Here are the 12 finalists and their cocktail recipes so you can print them out and try them on your own. And be sure to come to Féte on Wednesday, Sept 25th (tomorrow!) to vote for your favorite!

Click on the recipe to download and print! 








Jason Lawrence of Providence Fermentery





And Mateo Mancia, representing his own damn self!


Come on out to Féte and vote for your favorite!

Buy your tickets at the door or online here.
And come to Bottles to pick up all your cocktail ingredients!Cheers!

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Amaretto Bourbon Punch

Amaretto Bourbon Punch Recipe

Learn how to make an Amaretto Bourbon Punch cocktail, perfect for the fall! This is a party sized punch that serves a group of 6-8 people. Visit our YouTube channel http://youtube.com/bottlesprovidence for more easy bourbon drink ideas for entertaining or for serving at home.

Amaretto Bourbon Punch
Serves 6-8

1 Liter bottle of club soda
1/2 bottle of W.L. Weller Special Reserve Bourbon
Juice of 4 fresh lemons
1/4 bottle of Amaretto

Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl. Fill with ice and garnish with cherrie & lemon slice.

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Summer Cocktail Recipe Cards

A hot summer day is the time for some cool refreshing cocktails. Drinks these days can get pretty, but sometimes you just want to enjoy the familiar standby. Follow along with these classic cocktail recipe cards and keep cool all summer long!

With only two ingredients, the Dark & Stormy is a perfectly simple summer drink to enjoy on the beach, the backyard or anywhere!

A homemade Margarita is a wonderfully fresh way to enjoy tequila and lime. 
Infuse your tequila with jalapeños for an extra spicy kick. 

The Daiquiri became popular in the 1940’s when wartime rationing limited access to whiskey and vodka and trade opened up with Latin America. Rum-based drinks, once a a staple of sailors and drifters, saw a huge increase in popularity. Enjoy the classic today with strawberries!

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An Iuka Grogg Cocktail: Make a Classic Tiki Drink

Join the revival of Tiki cocktails! From Jeff “Beachbum” Berry’s book, Remixed: A Gallery of Tiki Drinks, we’re featuring a new recipe called an Iuka Grogg (spelled with an “I”). Enjoy this enticing combination of lime, pineapple, and passion fruit flavors, topped off by a rich, caramel, dark rum aroma. The quintessential tiki cocktail to have all summer long!

Pay us a visit in Providence, Rhode Island to browse our in-store display of Tiki drinks. Not in around RI? Learn more cocktail recipes on our YouTube channel to look like a pro at your next get-together. Joanna, our resident cocktail expert, will show you how to make a classic Trader Vic Mai Tai and a simplified “Beachbum” Berry Zombie drink.

How to Make an Iuka Grogg

Iuka Grogg

3/4 oz fresh lime juice
3/4 oz pineapple juice
1/2 oz passion fruit syrup
3/4 oz dark rum
3/4 oz demerara rum

Shake well with ice cubes. Strain into a chilled tiki mug, or serve in pineapple to make a splash at your party! Or to just to feel special.

tiki drink cocktail recipes

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A Zombie Drink Recipe for a Tiki Party!

Zombie Cocktail Recipe

If you haven’t heard yet, tiki parties are back! Just in time for the season of backyard shindigs and warm summer evenings on the patio, we’ve put together an instructional video on how to make your very own Zombie drink.

Stop by our Providence, Rhode Island store to browse a display with all the ingredients you need for your home tiki bar. Not in the area? Visit our YouTube channel for Mai Tai cocktails and more, and be sure to watch Jo (our resident cocktail culture expert) make a delicious Zombie cocktail in the video below.

simplified by the Beach Bum

3/4 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz grapefruit juice
1/2 oz cinnamon-infused sugar syrup or Don’s Mix
1/2 oz gold rum
1 oz dark rum

Shake with ice cubes. Pour unstrained into a tiki mug. Add your favorite garnish or mint sprig!

zombie cocktail drink recipe

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How to Make a Mai Tai Cocktail: An Easy Tiki Drink!

mai tai cocktail recipe

Tiki is back! Summer has arrived, and so has Mai Tai season! Along with featuring Tiki party ideas and bar basics in our Providence, Rhode Island store, we’ll be offering a series of easy Tiki drink recipes on this blog and on our YouTube channel. Watch Joanna’s video below to learn how to make a your own Mai Tai at home!

by Trader Vic

1 oz fresh lime juice
1/2 oz orange curaçao
1/4 oz orgeat syrup
1/4 simple syrup
1 oz dark rum
1 oz gold rum

Shake well with plenty of ice. Pour unstrained into an awesome Tiki mug. Add your favorite garnish!

Visit us to pick up all the ingredients you need! Just look for the large Tiki Bar display.

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mai tai recipe

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Celebrate Derby Day with Mint Juleps and Woodford Reserve

Derby Day is this weekend! Even up here in Rhode Island, we’re ready for the festivities and celebrations for Kentucky Derby fans. Bottles was lucky enough to receive a few bottles limited edition Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby Bourbon; stop by our store to get yours before they disappear! You can also visit our website to sign up for weekly email newsletters to hear about offers like these first.

Even if you missed getting your Woodford Derby bottles, you can still make some tasty mint juleps with Woodford Reserve and easy to make mint simple syrup. Follow this recipe by Woodford Reserve, below:


3oz. Woodford Reserve Bourbon
2 tablespoons mint syrup*
1 sprig of mint

Fill a glass with crushed ice. Add mint syrup, bourbon, and stir until the glass is frosted. Garnish with mint sprig.

*Mint Syrup Recipe
1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, 13 springs of mint
Boil sugar and water in a saucepan for 5 minutes. Pour over mint sprigs. Gently crush mint with the back of a spoon. Chill for 8-10 hours, strain, and discard mint.


Super Bowl Drink Ideas & Printable Cocktail Sign

Our beloved Pats haven’t reached the Super Bowl, but you and your friends can still gather to watch the game. Serving cocktails during the football game or any party doesn’t have to be stressful – a self serve bar is a great idea where guests make their own drinks. What’s better than a DIY bar for a party, complete with drink ideas? Learn how to set one up, and use these free printable cocktail recipe signs. This download has 6 easy cocktails; all you have to do is set them at the bar! This is a great way to entertain for not only the game, but for birthday parties, bachelor & bachelorette parties, graduation, summer bbq’s, family reunions, and almost any celebration.

super bowl cocktails how to set up a self serve bar

What to serve with your jalapeno poppers, buffalo wings and famous spinach dip? Beer of course, but cocktails are great too! You can serve cocktails and not miss any crucial moments of the game. Drink mixing should be limited to time-outs or commercials, so you need something quick, classic and with as few ingredients as possible.  Greet your guests with a cocktail, but also set up a self serve bar in your home arena so as not to lose a minute of action.

– Have an ice bucket with tongs, a cocktail shaker, bottle opener, bar spoon, and rocks glasses.
– For mixers, have Angostura bitters, simple syrup, ginger ale, club soda, tonic water, and ginger beer.
– Include handles of a few staple liquors like Bourbon, Vodka, and Rum.
– Pre-slice a bowl of limes. (Don’t forget the orange wedges for Old-Fashioned’s!)

It’s time to let your guests to play bartender! Everyone has variations on how they like their drink mixed. A self serve bar with helpful cocktail recipe signs lets them make the perfect drink to their own taste.

Offering simple drink recipes gives your guests ideas for what they can make. Follow the directions below to make each these 6 quick & colorful “Help Yourself!” signs. They each have an easy drink idea with a basic recipe to get them started.

 1. Click the link above to download the PDF file.
 2. Print out both pages on your home printer.
 3. With scissors, cut out each of the 6 cocktail recipe signs.
 4. Fold each in half, so that it forms a standing sign with the recipe on both sides.
 5. Place at your bar!

You need a PDF reader to open this download, click HERE if you need to download a PDF reader.

Now that you have assembled the tools and given your guests a quick playbook, all there is left to do is enjoy the game!

Things to do during a time-out:

– Check your ice situation. Good cocktails are chilled cocktails.
– Take out the trash (or just tie the bag and throw it on the back porch to be properly disposed later)
– Make yourself a drink!

moscow mule cocktail recipe printable sign

Moscow Mule

1-2 parts Vodka
1 part Lime Juice
2-3 parts Ginger Beer

Moscow Mules were first popular in the 1950s, and are so easy to make, smooth, & refreshing, that there’s no way they aren’t making a comeback! Add 2 or 3 ice cubes to Prairie Vodka, fresh Lime Juice, and Gosling’s Ginger Beer, and then stir.

free printable download cocktail recipe signs

Old Fashioned

2 oz. Bourbon
Dash of Angostura Bitters
1 tsp. Simple Syrup
Orange Wedge

There are many variations on The Old Fashioned; here’s our easy version that’s simple enough for parties that uses Buffalo Trace Bourbon and Angostura Bitters. Add an ice cube or two and stir.

bourbon ginger ale cocktail idea recipe

Bourbon & Ginger Ale

1 part Bourbon
2 parts Ginger Ale

Bourbon and ginger ale go together like peas ‘n carrots! We are using Buffalo Trace Bourbon Whiskey. Use your favorite ginger ale and serve this bubbly, refreshing drink over ice.

vodka tonic cocktail recipe idea

Vodka Tonic

1 part Vodka
2 parts Tonic Water
Lime Wedge

Almost everyone knows a Vodka Tonic. Combine Praire Vodka with Fentiman’s Tonic Water over ice, and add a lime wedge.

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3 parts Rum
2 parts Lime Juice
1 part Simple Syrup

A rum-based cocktail, Daiquiris have many variations; this is a basic version. Fill a shaker with ice & all ingredients. Shake and strain into glass.

how to set up a self serve bar cocktails recipe

Dark and Stormy

1 part Gosling’s Rum
2 parts Gosling’s Ginger Beer
Lime Wedge
A type of highball, a Dark & Stormy is a popular cocktail in the Rhode Island area. Use Gosling’s Rum and Gosling’s Ginger Beer. Serve over ice.


What we recommend for liquors & mixers:

Prairie Vodka
The Kraken Black Spiced Rum
Gosling’s Rum
Buffalo Trace Bourbon
Fentiman’s Tonic Water
Angostura Bitters
Gosling’s Ginger Beer

*All available at Bottles Fine Wine in Providence. www.bottlesfinewine.com


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Re-Animator: A Bourbon Cocktail Idea

Re-Animator Bourbon Cocktails Ideas

Bourbon cocktail recipe: The Re-Animator: We found this recipe in the NY Times just before last Thanksgiving, and it has quickly become a staff favorite here at Bottles. It’s dangerously simple to make, and the kind of drink that goes down very well after a big meal. All of these ingredients are available at Bottles, a fine wine, craft beer and spirits store in Rhode Island. Contact Us

Simply put, it can be made as follows:

Ingredient List
* 1 Pt. Rye or Bourbon
* 1 Pt. Amaro
* Lemon or Orange Garnish

Stir well over ice, strain into cocktail glass, garnish with a twist. Or serve on the rocks.

bourbon whiskey cocktail recipe ingredients

Amaro is a bitter-sweet Italian herbal liqueur, designed as an after-dinner digestif. It tends to be a little thick, with amazing aromas of anise, citrus, & root beer. When blended with whiskey, the two parts add up to something much greater than the whole, with a swirling interplay of vanilla, citrus, licorice, cherry, chocolate & nutty flavors. I like to make mine with an orange twist, and sometimes a dash of orange bitters to highlight those citrus flavors.

A Re-Animator is also very versatile, as you can easily raise or lower the amount of Bourbon or Amaro to suit your taste, and always end up with a world-class, painfully easy to make cocktail.

Try our other Bourbon Cocktails:
Boulevardier Cocktail Recipe

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