1 1⁄2 oz Rye
3⁄4 oz Dry vermouth
3⁄4 oz Aperol
1 twst Orange peel (as garnish)
Instructions

Stir, strain, up, garnish with orange twist

Cocktail summary
Created by
Gal Karni, Barmini, Washington, D.C.
Year
2013
Is the
author's original creation
Curator
Not yet rated
Average
3.5 stars
(18 ratings)
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  • One of my favorite Negroni variations. From barmini in DC — ★★★★★
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Comments

<br />A combined rating of 4.5 by three people, but no comments. I wondered why, and that made me decide to try "Pen Pal." I must admit that I was somewhat hesitant because I'm not a big fan of dry vermouth. But, what the hell, I'm using Dolin dry vermouth and Wild Turkey rye (both topshelf), along with my ol' standby, Aperol.

Putting the drink together was easy and quick and when I took that first sip, I was pleasantly surprised at how balanced the drink tasted--how pleasantly the Aperol held the dry vermouth in check, and how adeptly the dry vermouth still allowed just the right amount of Aperol's sweetness to come through. And, yes, there was the rye in the background, but not too far back. A very pleasant drink that I would drink again. I rated this drink at a 4.0. But I'm still wondering--why the high ratings but no comments.