The Woodsman Tavern's Hunting Vest Recipe

The Woodsman Tavern's Hunting Vest Recipe

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.

  • Yield:1
  • 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)
  • Campari
  • For the Cocktail:
  • 1 ounce cedar-steeped Campari
  • 3/4 ounce Overholt Rye
  • 1/4 ounce Fino sherry
  • 1 ounce French dry vermouth
  • Ice
  • 1 small section of lemon rind


  1. 1.

    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.

  2. 2.

    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.

  3. 3.

    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.

  4. 4.

    Strain into chilled champagne coupe. Finish with lemon twist.