This one was an accident.
I had copied down a bunch of cocktails from the interwebs, and one of them was called New Friend, ringing changes on a classic cocktail called Old Pal, which in turn is based on the Boulevardier, which in turn is based on the Negroni. Got that?
Here’s how it goes:
Negroni: equal parts gin, Campari, sweet vermouth
Boulevardier: rye, Campari, sweet vermouth
Old Pal: rye, Campari, dry vermouth
New Friend: rye, Aperol, Cocchi Americano
Yeah, that’s a big jump between the Old Pal and the New Friend, but it works. You can read about it at Serious Eats.
But then I messed up. In pulling ingredients, I got the rye and Aperol but then had a brain-fart and grabbed the new bottle of Amaro Nonino, which is not the same as Cocchi Americano. But the drink was scrumptious, so I finished it before trying the actual New Friend. (The Cocchi Americano is a vermouth, so it had a brighter, grapier flavor than the mellower Amaro Nonino. Slight preference to the Amaro Nonino.)
- 1 oz rye
- 1 oz Aperol
- 1 oz Amaro Nonino
- orange peel
Stir with ice, strain into glass, garnish with orange peel.