A simple three-ingredient drink that succumbed to the scourge of blended Canadian whisky, the Old Pal has recently regained some traction as an American rye cocktail, returning with a bolder profile. Essentially a variation of a Negroni—itself a classic gin cocktail with Campari and vermouth as co-stars—this rye variation calls for dry vermouth rather than sweet, with Campari left to do the heavy lifting of providing both sweetness and an edge of bitterness. Rye firepower, vermouth’s vinous element as a modifier, and Campari’s bitter-sweet balance make this a classic three-part cocktail.
- 1 ½ oz. rye whiskey
- ¾ oz. dry vermouth
- ¾ oz. Campari
- Garnish: lemon twist
Stir rye, dry vermouth, and Campari over ice. Strain into a stemmed glass. Garnish with expressed lemon twist.