1 1⁄2 oz Rye
3⁄4 oz Dry vermouth
3⁄4 oz Campari

Stir, strain, straight up, cocktail glass


Like a dry, bitter. Some prefer it with Gran Classico rather than Campari.


The original calls for equal parts, but the Old Pal is most often made 2:1:1 today.

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  • pen pal = aperol
  • I prefer this with Dolin Blanc with the proportions listed. Dry for the 1:1:1 proportions.
  • Interesting dry variation of Boulevardier
  • Bitter and not sweet, so very tasty. Lemon zest adds so much to this drink, definitely a before dinner drink.
  • Good, but pretty far down the list of Negroni/Boulevardier riffs.
  • Add lemon twist for garnish
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A couple of dashes of Angostura Orange Bitters were a good addition

Have made this with so many different brand combinations of the three ingredients and it's always good. Tonight was Old Overholt, Gran Classico, and Lillet Blanc.