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[Photograph: Nick Caruana]

This twist on the classic Old Pal cocktail uses lighter-flavored Aperol instead of Campari, and brings in bitter Cocchi Americano in the place of dry vermouth. It's an easy-drinking combination.

A note on the rye: I prefer a lower proof rye for this one, like Old Overholt or Templeton, both of which come in at 80 proof.

About the author: Nick Caruana is the author of The Straight Up, where he shares his love of classic and modern cocktails, including a slight obsession with whiskey, bitters and amari. Stalk him on Twitter @The_Straight_Up, Facebook, and other social media outlets.

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About This Recipe

Yield:makes 1 cocktail
Active time:2 minutes
Total time:2 minutes
Special equipment:Mixing Glass, Barspoon, Strainer, Cocktail Glass, Citrus Peeler
This recipe appears in: Classic Drinks: The Old Pal and a New Friend

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce rye whiskey
  • 1 ounce Aperol
  • 1 ounce Cocchi Americano
  • Garnish: orange twist

Procedures

  1. 1

    Fill a mixing glass 2/3 full with ice. Add rye, Aperol, and Cocchi Americano. Stir until well chilled, about 20 seconds.

  2. 2

    Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange twist and serve.

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