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My Old Pal and Dan's Shift Drink

Posted by Josh Childs  January 8, 2013 10:01 AM

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The Hawthorne, first, is the epitome of elegant design. I always feel a little like a friend and I have snuck into the family's modern, chic Park Avenue apartment and his parents are out of town. I love it here- friendly customer service, impeccable drinks, an oasis from the hustle of urban life and an answer for winter blues.
I stopped by to visit Dan Lynch the other night, and probably against his better judgement (honestly- what do I know?), he let me direct my first cocktail- the Old Pal. The drink originally appeared in Harry MacElhone's 1922 ABC of Mixing Cocktails- invented by an editor at The New York Herald in Paris. Much like a Negroni, just substituting Canadian whiskey for gin, and dry vermouth for sweet. 1 part rye, 1 part dry vermouth, 1 part Campari.
My version, via Dan, subs Aperol for Campari, making the drink lighter and less bitter (not that bitter is bad, of course!).
Old Pal variation: 1.5oz Rittenhouse rye, .75 Dolin dry Vermouth, .75 Aperol.

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Dan graciously roped me into one more drink before I had to leave, aptly suggesting a second version from Harry's famous bar in Paris- the Boulevardier cocktail. By 1927, Mr. MacElhone no longer included the Old Pal; his book Barflies and Cocktails varies the drink yet again, this time Bourbon for rye, and sweet vermouth for dry. A simple drink, yet a lot for me to keep straight.

Boulevardier: 1.5 oz Elijah Craig 12 year Bourbon, .75 oz Carpano Antica sweet vermouth, .75 oz Campari. Rich, spicy vanilla from the aged whiskey, caramel and bitter orange from the vermouth and Campari- leaving me ready to brave the cold outside.

Dan's shift drink after dealing with me?
A bottle of High & Mighty's Beer of the Gods and a shot of Siete Leguas reposado Tequila. Now that sounds elegant, fitting and well deserved. Cheers my friend.

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