Friday, January 22, 2010

Drink of the Week: Old Pal

I saw the Old Pal in a beverage magazine we receive although it can be found in old bar books and on many cocktail menus. It's a cross between a dry Manhattan and a Negroni. I used rye in this drink, but you could use bourbon if you prefer.

Please make sure you are using fresh dry vermouth (yes, it does spoil - or at a minimum, go stale - over time). But small bottles if you don't use it often and keep it cool or in the fridge.

There's a lot of Campari in this drink, but the vermouth really tones it back down so you won't get walloped with its bitterness.

Old Pal Cocktail
Combine in an iced mixing glass:
  • 1 ounce rye or bourbon
  • 3/4 ounce dry vermouth
  • 3/4 ounce Campari
Stir until well chilled. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist.


Peggy said...

sounds pretty tasty... i'd probably make it with the bourbon!

Sunday Cook said...

Think it would be good with bourbon too, but if you haven't tried rye, you certainly should. Rye has become a real favorite of mine for mixed drinks (plus it's cheap!). Try Old Overholt or Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse is 100 proof, so stir any drink made with it a little longer to make sure the alcohol doesn't take the top of your head off.

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