Pen Pal

Adapted from barmini | Washington D.C.

A play on the Old Pal, a bracing mix of rye whiskey, Campari and dry vermouth, the Pen Pal is the original’s mellowed-out, but beefed-up cousin. This drink switches out the bitter twang of Campari for the citrus-pop of Aperol, while letting the rye whiskey take the lead with a spicy, whiskey-forward resolve.


Serving: 1

  • 1 1/2 ounces rye (preferably Michter's)
  • 3/4 ounce dry vermouth (preferably Dolin dry)
  • 3/4 ounce Aperol

Garnish: 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 peel.