In the depths of winter, sometimes the best thing to do is fight back at the weather on its own terms—with something equally chilly and bold.
Enter the Old Pal. Powered by a base of bourbon or rye whiskey, the drink has a firm foundation of flavor sufficient to support the other powerfully flavored ingredient, Campari, which gives the drink a brisk bitterness that's still rich and complex.
With dry vermouth playing the moderator's role to make the two alpha-dog ingredients play well together, the combination is strong and bracing—pretty much exactly what you need as the snow starts to fall.
And if you're thinking this drink sounds familiar, you're probably right. Swap the dry vermouth for sweet and you've got the Boulevardier. Hmm, I think I have a suggestion for the next round.
1 1/2 ounces bourbon or rye whiskey
3/4 ounce dry vermouth
3/4 ounce Campari
Garnish: lemon twist
Fill a mixing glass 2/3 full with ice. Add whiskey, dry vermouth, and Campari. Stir until well chilled, about 20 seconds, and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Twist a piece of lemon peel over the drink and use as garnish.
Mixing glass, cocktail strainer
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|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 10g||3%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||2%|
|Total Sugars 7g|
|Vitamin C 8mg||39%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|