Invite an “Old Pal” to Dinner

A regularly-enjoyed Sunday ritual for The Hubs while preparing the evening meal is, experimenting with different cocktails. This time he met up with an “Old Pal.” Who was that you ask? Not “who,” but “what” was this pal?

By way of definition, the Old Pal is a cocktail originally made with rye whiskey, French vermouth, and Campari. It is similar to a Negroni, but with rye whiskey instead of gin and dry vermouth instead of sweet.

The classic Old Pal recipe is built with equal parts of each ingredient, just like the Negroni. However, some modern recipes increase the rye whiskey while decreasing both the Campari and dry vermouth. The latter formula is often made in a 2:1:1 ratio for a slightly boozier take on the original.

Now The Hubs ratio is even a bit different than that with a 2:1⁄2:1⁄2. By way of explanation he calculates that a coupe (martini) glass holds 3 ounces and therefore the 2:1:1 ratio would be too much liquid.

You should play with the recipe to see which combination floats your boat, but know that either option produces tasty, balanced cocktails that are the warm, whiskey-spiked equivalent of an old buddy…

Old Pal Cocktail

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Ingredients (for the classic 1:1:1 ratio)

  • 1 oz. rye whiskey
  • 1 oz. Campari
  • 1 oz. dry vermouth
  • Lemon twist, for garnish


  1. Add the rye whiskey, Campari and dry vermouth into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
  2. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
  3. Run the lemon peel around the rim of the glass and pour in chilled mixture.
  4. Cheers!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s