Who can resist a cocktail as comforting (in name, at least) as the Old Pal? Sure it’s got the spicy bite of rye whiskey and the bitter charm of Campari, but the unifying addition of dry vermouth brings it all together.
The Old Pal first appeared in the 1922 edition of “Harry’s ABC’s of Cocktails,” a drinks compendium compiled by the head barkeep of Harry’s New York Bar in Paris. It’s stout and delicious – the perfect combination to brace yourself against a cold day. Or just your run-of-the-mill weekday.
1 1/2 ounces rye whiskey
3/4 ounce dry vermouth
3/4 ounce Campari
Stir all ingredients with ice, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.
If you like the Old Pal, try the Boulevardier, which subs bourbon for rye and sweet vermouth for dry. It’s rich, complex and packs a great boozy wallop.
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