What’s the first thing you do when you’re trying to make a cocktail that’s a bit more on the savory side?

I think Amari and I think Dry Vermouth.

So when Chris suggested an Old Pal for our evening drink, I was in! We were all out of Campari (thanks to my love for Campari Crushes this summer) so he swapped in Gran Classico instead – and I think it worked really well. By the way that’s also why this drink is not the typical “Old Pal” color – Gran Classico is an amber color and made the drink a pleasant golden hue. (Perfect for the second day of Autumn!)

As for taste,

this drink is a bit like a dry Boulevardier. The Gran Classico is a tad sweeter than Campari, but still brings a robust bitterness to stand up against the rye and vermouth. This might just be my new go-to “Old Pal” recipe from now on!


Pale Rider

Pale Rider

This take on an Old Pal drinks like a dry Boulevardier – it’s light and herbal with a subtle rye flavor.
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  • 3/4 oz Rye Whiskey Bulleitt
  • 3/4 oz Dry Vermouth Martini & Rosso
  • 3/4 oz Gran Classico


  • Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and stir with ice to dilute and chill.
  • Strain into a Martini glass or coupe glass.