This variation on The Old Pal from The Woodsman Tavern is a rye-and-Campari cocktail somehow dominated by neither rye nor Campari.
First things first, you'll need to steep the Campari. It's easier than it sounds. Don't let it scare you off.
- Active time: 3 minutes
- Total time:2 weeks, 3 minutes
- For the cedar-steeped Campari:
- About 3 cups dry cedar wood chips (or planks broken into pieces)
- For the Cocktail:
- 1 ounce cedar-steeped Campari
- 3/4 ounce Overholt Rye
- 1/4 ounce Fino sherry
- 1 ounce French dry vermouth
- 1 small section of lemon rind
Char the wood until well-blackened. Chop up into pieces small enough to fit inside a one quart mason jar. Fill jar with wood chips, cover with Campari, seal and set aside 2 weeks.
After 14 days, strain liquid through cheesecloth three times. This will yield you plenty of cedar-steeped Campari for future cocktails, and also tastes just fine alone on the rocks.
To make the cocktail: Add cedar-steeped Campari, rye, shery, and vermouth to a mixing glass. Add ice halfway to the top of liquids. Stir quickly, just long enough to briefly dilute the ice.
Strain into chilled champagne coupe. Finish with lemon twist.