My first experience with an Old Pal cocktail was in New York at a cocktail bar on 51st Street. It also happened to be the first time I was served a cocktail in a classic coupe glass. Since then, I’ve enjoyed this version of the cocktail and always in a coupe glass. While it can be made with either rye bourbon or bourbon, I prefer the bourbon. Use a quality bourbon, though, such as Old Scout Smooth Ambler 10 year. The Vermouth must be dry and the addition of a dash of orange bitters provides a bit of a twist on the classic.
2 oz bourbon, Old Scout Smooth Ambler 10 year
1 oz Campari
1 oz dry Vermouth
Dash orange bitters
1 orange peel twist
Combine the bourbon, Campari, Vermouth and bitters in a cocktail shaker. Add ice. Stir until cold.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Twist the orange peel to release the oils and place into the glass.