Whiskey Wednesday: Old Pal

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Yeah, yeah, yeah… we all know and love the always popular and delicious Boulevardier. But what if we told you he had a twin brother with a little twist? Get to know our good friend – the Old Pal this Whiskey Wednesday!

The Old Pal is a simple cocktail featuring rye whiskey, Campari, and dry vermouth. It boasts a pleasant lemon scent and is infused with bitter orange and quinine flavors. Compared to the Boulevardier, which uses bourbon and sweet vermouth, the Old Pal is a tad drier and lighter with a peppery spice from the rye. This delicious cocktail was first created by Harry MacElhone (or so the legend says). Harry MacElhone was born in Ireland but developed his craft while tending bar in New York. However, the first World War brought him and his mixology skills back to Europe to tend bar at the New York Bar in Paris. Like a true badass, Harry had taken over the bar within a year and changed the name to Harry’s New York Bar. It was a popular haunt among commonfolk and celebrity alike – even hosting guests like Ernest Hemingway and Coco Chanel throughout the years.

So why not take a sip of history this Whiskey Wednesday and treat yourself (and an old pal maybe?) to the Old Pal. If it was good enough for Hemingway, it’s good enough for you.

1 ½ oz. Lost Republic rye whiskey

¾ oz. dry vermouth

¾ oz. Campari

Lemon twist for garnish

Begin by filling a mixing glass ⅔ full of ice. Next, add in the whiskey, dry vermouth, and Campari. Stir the mixture until chilled and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Finally, twist a piece of lemon peel over the drink for garnish and drink up! Cheers, Pioneers!