1 1⁄2 oz Rye
3⁄4 oz Sweet vermouth
3⁄4 oz Campari
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).

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Posted by Dan on 10/19/2011
Created by
Dominic Venegas, Range, San Francisco, CA
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  • Found it just a little bit too heavy on the Campari the first time; made it again with 20 ml Campari to 25 ml sweet vermouth and it was perfect.
  • Very good. I used knob creek 100proof. Also subbed in Appleton 12 year. Both nice, but prefer the rye over the rum. — ★★★★★
  • Try with Santa Teresa 1796 rum, per Avery Glasser
  • Really like this one with overproof bourbon and Scrappys Chocolate Bitters — ★★★★★
  • Lovely Manhattan / Left Hand variation. — ★★★★
  • A rye-oriented twist on Boulevardier. Doug Ford claim for a more alcoholic recipe: 2oz Rye, 1.oz Vermouth, 1.oz Campari — ★★★★
  • Made with Rittenhouse rye (2 oz) and Dolin sweet vermouth. Very drinkable.
  • Good but i still prefer a boulevardier — ★★★★
  • Really good; use a light touch on the mole bitters. — ★★★★★
  • Delicious! A keeper. Could be better than a Manhattan. But like a Negroni with Rye. — ★★★★
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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 big-ass cube, and then sprinkling a pinch of Maldon on its surface. A la the Little Giuseppe.

Jmmrad commented on 8/18/2012:

A malty alternative to my favorite Negroni.

jaba commented on 5/18/2014:

This is a goddamn glorious drink.

bza commented on 5/19/2014:

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.

Tucker commented on 12/25/2015:

Highly recommend the 1796 with Santa Teresa rum mentioned in the comments at the link. 

yarm commented on 10/13/2019:

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.

Curated this - thanks Fred. It's good to see you here more often. Zachary