Cocktails: The Best Friend

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.)

Best Friend

  • 1 oz rye
  • 1 oz Aperol
  • 1 oz Amaro Nonino
  • orange peel

Stir with ice, strain into glass, garnish with orange peel.

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