Old Pal

Harry MacElhone's ode to an old friend.

Harry MacElhone of Harry’s Bar in Paris credited his “old pal,” journalist William “Sparrow” Robertson, with the inspiration for this drink. As the sports editor for the New York Herald in Paris, Robertson frequented Harry’s place enough to receive mention in his 1922 ABC of Mixing Cocktails. The Old Pal is essentially a Boulevardier, another drink by MacElhone, but drier thanks to mix of rye, Campari and dry vermouth in the place of sweet.


Serving: 1

  • 1 ounce rye
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce dry vermouth

Garnish: orange or lemon peel

  1. Add all ingredients to a mixing glass.
  2. Add ice and stir until chilled.
  3. Strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with a lemon or an orange peel.