The old pal
is a cocktail originally made with rye whiskey
, French vermouth
(dry), and Campari
. It is similar to a Negroni
, but with rye whiskey instead of gin
and dry vermouth instead of sweet.
, the proprietor of Harry's New York Bar in Paris, France, is recognized as the first to publish the cocktail's recipe. MacElhone named this cocktail after William "Sparrow" Robinson, a sports editor for The New York Herald
in Paris. This three-ingredient cocktail is essentially a drier version of the boulevardier
, which was also invented by MacElhone.