The New Pal is a creative, subtle riff on the Old Pal cocktail, substituting sweet vermouth in place of the Old Pal’s dry, and adding a note of intrigue with anise-forward Peychaud’s bitters and a dash of absinthe.
Just like in the Old Pal, Aperol won’t cut it here. Stick with the specified Campari, or something with a similarly-bitter flavor profile like Gran Classico or Contratto.
Unlike the Old Pal, the orange peel garnish isn’t required here. It certainly improves the drink and we heartily recommend it, but if you don’t have any fresh oranges on hand, the New Pal is still a perfectly well-rounded drink without it.
Stir all ingredients with ice until well-chilled. Strain into a short glass filled with ice (preferably one large cube or sphere). Express an orange peel over the top, then drop in as a garnish.
- The Art of the Bar by Jeff Hollinger and Rob Schwartz