This ugly sweater party cocktail is the ideal libation to celebrate a day dedicated to the obnoxious and tacky. Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is December 18. The Boulevardier, which is similar to the classic Negroni but made with whisky instead of gin, is truly the perfect cocktail to sip on while wearing an ugly sweater. Because today is not about classic style, in any form or fashion. And that’s okay …
So when did ugly Christmas sweaters actually become a thing? According to this historical account by CNN, the early 2000s was when the resurgence began. In his book,”Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Book: The Definitive Guide to Getting Your Ugly On,” co-author Brian Miller states the first themed get-together took place in Vancouver, British Columbia in 2002. It’s always goes back to those wacky Canadians, doesn’t it?
“It’s hard to say what triggered the change in perspective,” Miller said. “ But I think that the moment someone wore the garment in a humorous way, people started seeing the comic side of it, and thinking this thing at the back of the closet could be fun, instead of something awful that nobody wants.”
So “don we now our gay apparel” more affectionately known as the ugly Christmas sweater. Heaven knows, when you’re making a fashion statement as bold and often itchy as this, you need a good, stiff cocktail (or two) to pair it with. The Boulevardier is the perfect choice. The drink’s whiskey makes it warm and cozy, so it’s perfect for a cold December evening. In fact, it’s those same characteristics that make those ugly sweaters, well … actually kind of cute and endearing. Cheers!
1 1/4 ounces bourbon (or rye)
1 ounce Campari
1 ounce sweet vermouth
Orange twist for garnish
Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with an orange twist. (Recipe courtesy: Liquor.com)