Russell’s Reserve Bourbon from Master Distillers Eddie and Jimmy Russell is trying something new this year for Father’s Day!  We paired with 4 bartenders across the nation to create their own Boulevardier riff inspired by their father figure for Father’s Figure Day. Along with the recipe is their story on how they incorporated their own memories into the cocktail.

Good News, Everyone

Created by Matt Gumm (The Waiting Room, Portland), inspired by his best friend Ben

“This cocktail is a bit of an homage to my best friend, Ben Diller. I selected the duck fat and the tobacco because they remind me of a pretty dark but incredibly important part of my adult life.

I unexpectedly lost my father within 6 months of Ben losing his mother. Amongst all of this the two of us were trying to finish school, and because of his mother’s passing Ben ended up taking custody of his 13 year old sister. We would spend many nights back then commiserating over some really amazing meals cooked by his father followed by drams of whiskey and cigars on the porch.

Ben helped raise his sister and aside from being a better friend than I deserved at times has really just been a grounding presents and a role model for me. Whether he ever intended to hold that space in my life or not, I’m eternally grateful to have him in my life.”


1.5 oz Duck fat washed Russell’s Reserve 6 Year Old

0.75 oz Campari

0.5 oz Cynar

0.5 oz Cinzano Vermouth

1 dash orange bitters

3 drops dark chocolate bitters

Method: Add ingredients into mixing glass with ice. Stir for approximately 12 seconds. Strain into smoked double rocks glass over 1 large cube. With expressed orange peel for garnish.

To smoke glass. Add a pinch of Virginia #1 pipe tobacco to a place light with torch until smoldering and cover with double rocks glass. Allow glass to fill with smoke as you are building cocktail. Discard after cocktail is made.

Old Al Halley

Created by Josh Cameron (Boulton & Watt, NYC), inspired by his grandfather


“This cocktail is for my grandfather, and the stories he tells again, and again, and again.  He is hardworking, part farmer, part carpenter, part painter, opinionated, and stubborn as all hell.  He taught me about work and respect as a kid (he had to work on the respect part double duty).  He taught me which fertilizer to use for which crops kind of thing.  One story he always told, and even told again this past weekend, was about a guy he looked up to named Al Halley, who somewhere along the line, if not always, became known as Ol’ Al Halley.  Al Halley was a musket-using-hunter, a knife maker, a friend of the family, and most importantly, he was an honorable man.  This cocktail is for him and my grandfather equally. Cheers.  Fix what’s broken.”


1.5 oz Russell’s Reserve 10 Year Old

0.75 oz Cinzano 1757 Vermouth

0.75 oz Campari

3 dashes Old Fashioned Bitters

Method: Combine all ingredients and store in an oak barrel for two weeks. Once ready to serve, stir with ice, pour over big rock, garnish with expressed orange peel.



Le Boulevardiero

Created by Manny Nieves (Seven Grand, LA), inspired by his boss and mentor

“This cocktail is Inspired by my boss and mentor, Victor Delgado we both are of Latino descent and grew up eating fruits with chili. Many of our “work meetings” and the time when I received some of the best professional and personal advice were fueled walks around Downtown LA, eating fruit topped with chili from the street vendors.”


1.75 oz Russell’s Reserve 10 Year Old

0.5 oz Mango-infused Campari

0.5 oz Aperol

0.75 oz Cinzano Vermouth Bianco

4 dashes passion fruit bitters

Stirred over a rock

Tajin half rim and lime twist

Method: Add ingredients into mixing glass with ice. Stir for approximately 12 seconds. Strain into double rocks glass over 1 large cube. With tajin rim and lime twist.