Binny's Home Bartender: Old Pal

If 2020 had you caught up in the excitement of hanging out with your new quarantini buddy, the Negroni, perhaps now is the perfect time to reach out to your Old Pal. This Rye based Negroni riff was introduced at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris along with the Bourbon based Boulevardier about 100 years ago. Unlike the Negroni and the Boulevardier, Dry Vermouth is called for instead of sweet. In our version we decided to replace Campari with Cappelletti, a drier wine based take on Red Aperitivo, so we used a slightly sweet Vermouth Blanc to retain the balance of the original concoction. The result is a lighter more refreshing version that showcases the spicy punch of Rye and the great complexity of these two stellar aromatized wines. The anxiously awaited arrival of Elijah Craig Rye to the Illinois market is a clear sign that it’s finally time to start hanging out with Old Pals again. Here's to the new normal! Cheers!


Old Pal



  1. Stir all ingredients with ice until well chilled.
  2. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with a lemon twist.

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