1 12 oz Rye
34 oz Sweet vermouth
34 oz Campari
1 ds Bitters, Bittermens Xocolatl Mole (optional)
1   Orange peel (optional, flamed, as garnish)
Stir, strain, rocks glass, no ice
Lord Hobo (Cambridge, MA) uses Mole bitters, a flamed orange swatch garnish and Vya sweet vermouth)
A modernized and refined Boulevardier. The bitters are a c. 2007 addition (as per the cited link).
From other users
  • Superb cocktail. Even without the garnish and bitters, an improvement over the Boulevardier. — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • I like this one even better than the Boulevardier, the Mole bitters are a nice addition. — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Substitute Elijah Craig 12-yr bourbon for the rye and add an extra dash of the bitters to get a "Left Hand Cocktail," per The PDT Cocktail Book. — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • oooh — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Delicious! A keeper. Could be better than a Manhattan. But like a Negroni with Rye. — ☆☆☆☆
  • Really good; use a light touch on the mole bitters. — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Good but i still prefer a boulevardier — ☆☆☆☆
  • Try with Santa Teresa 1796 rum, per Avery Glasser
  • A rye-oriented twist on Boulevardier. Doug Ford claim for a more alcoholic recipe: 2oz Rye, 1.oz Vermouth, 1.oz Campari — ☆☆☆☆
  • Lovely Manhattan / Left Hand variation. — ☆☆☆☆
  • Very good. I used knob creek 100proof. Also subbed in Appleton 12 year. Both nice, but prefer the rye over the rum. — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Really like this one with overproof bourbon and Scrappys Chocolate Bitters — ☆☆☆☆☆
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Absolutely great. Really

Absolutely great. Really shows of the Mole bitters (be careful to go easy as they are very strong). I still don't see the point of flaming orange peels, though, besides looking cool.

Try straining over one

Try straining over one big-ass cube, and then sprinkling a pinch of Maldon on its surface. A la the Little Giuseppe.

bza's picture

The mole bitters addition

The mole bitters addition came from John Gertsen while at No 9, before Lord Hobo existed.

I was also pretty sure Venegas made this drink while at Bourbon and Branch, but I'll trust the link on that one.

yarm's picture

The drink was created in 2004

The drink was created in 2004 before there were mole bitters on the market by 3 years or so. My blog post has the first evidence of the addition of them (posts earlier in the year list them without the bitters). I can't be certain where, but Avery Glasser suggests that the addition was made in Boston.