Non-Alcoholic Boulevardier

This non-alcoholic Boulevardier recipe was selected to be featured after testing Lyre’s American Malt in several non-alcoholic drinks, including brand recommended mocktails.

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Non Alcoholic Boulevardier

3.50 from 6 votes
This Boulevardier mocktail is reminiscent of the classic cocktail, and was chosen to be featured after taste testing drinks with Lyre's Apéritif Rosso, a non-alcoholic aperitif.
Servings 1 mocktail

Ingredients
 

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice.
  • Stir well with a bar spoon to chill.
  • Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with an orange peel.

Notes

  • This recipe was adapted from Lyre’s Boulevardier recipe that is served on the rocks.
  • This mocktail is more of a memory of a boulevardier, as opposed to an exact non-alcoholic substitute.

Nutrition

Serving: 1mocktail | Calories: 68kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Sugar: 15g

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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About Lyre’s Non Alcoholic Spirits

Lyre’s Aperitif Rosso

Lyre’s non-alcoholic version of sweet vermouth, though it’s quite sweet and lacking the bite in the alcoholic version. After taste testing it in multiple drinks, I found it best mixed with tonic so the bitterness of the quinine helps balance the sweet.

Lyre’s Italian Orange

Citrus, specificially blood orange, is prominent in this non alcoholic Italian aperitif. Made to mimic the Campari in a Boulevardier, you’ll find a hint of orange pith for bitterness. It’s not as bitter, but many find it an acceptable substitute.

Lyre’s American Malt

Lyre’s take on a non-alcoholic bourbon has the aromatics to mimic the spirit, and helps with the warm and toasty scent of this classic cocktail. Read the full review of American Malt.

Mixing Your Virgin Boulevardier

When I started learn to mix cocktails, I was using anything I had in my kitchen, including regular measuring cups not meant for liquid (yikes!). It got the job done, but with a huge mess. Mixing cocktails, with or without alcohol, is best done with the right tools.

One of my all-time favorite tools for making drinks is a mini measuring cup instead of a jigger. You can see the amount from above as you pour, and pouring into your shaker or mixing glass is easy peasy with the pour spout. No mess!

If you make a lot of stirred mocktails, you can use your shaker base, but I recommend you snag a nice mixing glass and bar spoon, especially if you have a bar setup in your home that needs some style. 

Drink More Classic Cocktails without Alcohol

When it comes to classic cocktails, it’s often hard to get an exact flavor match with NA spirits. This Non-Alcoholic Boulevardier is reminiscent of the famous beverage, but beware if you are expecting it to taste like alcohol.

When it comes to Lyre’s non-alcoholic spirits, aromatics is king, and I find that flavor often takes the backburner.

Consider this when crafting your own mocktails, and mix with more flavorful NA spirits and common mixers like citrus, tonic, or ginger beer.

When to Enjoy a Non-Alcoholic Boulevardier

Winter is a great time to bring out the rich and toasty flavors of this classic cocktail. Consider serving one as an aperitif before holiday meals with family and friends. 

This sweeter and non-alcoholic version of a Boulevardier might suit some tastes more than others. 

It’s always nice to have a festive and non-alcoholic beverage available at special gatherings, since not everyone drinks alcohol. 

How to Serve this Mocktail

The classic way to sip your non-alcoholic Boulevardier is in a martini glass, but I prefer a coupe glass for my classic mocktails (less spills). When it comes to garnish, you’ve got a couple options. 

If you like Maraschino cherries, put one or two on a cocktail pick and sit across the top of the rim (don’t put it in the drink – this one is already on the sweet side). Do yourself a favor and use quality Maraschino cherries like Luxardo or Amarena (links to Amazon for jar pricing). 

If you’re not a fan of Maraschino cherries, create something beautiful with edible flowers! I love a mini edible viola plopped on top just before serving. 

Angela T.
Hi, I’m Angela! Ever since alternative beverages made their debut, I’ve been on a mission to find the best. As someone who loves wine and making craft cocktails, I approach each new beverage with curiosity and a healthy dose of skepticism. I hope these honest reviews will help you learn which non-alcoholic drinks are best for you.