We considered a number of options for the first Campari cocktail. There are a number of classics that we’ll cover over the next couple weeks, but we decided to throw you in the deep end and start with arguably the least accessible of our Campari cocktails: The Old Pal.
The name of the drink likely conjures pleasant, sweet feelings, but the Old Pal is notable for its lack of sweetener. Other than the slight maltiness of rye whiskey, The Old Pal is a very dry, bitter cocktail. It might take a few sips to get into, but once you do you’ll notice the botanical elements of Campari behind the bitterness. If you don’t love your first Old Pal, maybe try a Negroni or Boulevardier or two and come back to the drink. It might take a bit to train your palate to get used to the bitterness, but once you do you’ll discover a dry cocktail with a lot of depth to it. For some reason we find the combination of bracing ingredients nice on a cold day.
What you need
- 1.5 oz. rye whiskey
- 0.75 oz. dry vermouth
- 0.75 oz. Campari
- lemon twist for garnish
How it's made
Stir rye, vermouth, and Campari in a mixing glass. Strain into a coupe glass. Twist your lemon rind over the glass to express the oils, and tuck it into the drink. Enjoy.