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|
- 1 ounce rye whiskey
- 1 ounce Aperol
- 1 ounce Cocchi Americano
- Garnish: orange twist
Fill a mixing glass 2/3 full with ice. Add rye, Aperol, and Cocchi Americano. Stir until well chilled, about 20 seconds.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange twist and serve.