New year, new spirits.

One of my resolutions this year was to drink a greater variety of cocktails, specifically in regard to base spirits. 80% of the time I reach for rye and another 17% of the time I reach for bourbon.

When my wife and I went to Beaker & Flask a couple weeks ago, I bypassed the whiskey cocktails. (I knew my wife would order one or two, so I still got to taste them.) I opted for something with a tequila base, followed by something with a mezcal base. The latter drink —a Bartender’s Choice of the bitter, brown and stirred variety— was a delightful mix of mezcal, Averna and Imbue vermouth.

Wanting to make it at home, but lacking both mezcal and Imbue, I grabbed the tequila, swapped dry vermouths, and swapped the digestivo for an apertivo to instead make a variation on an old favorite, the Old Pal.

Amigo Viejo

Yes, I VacuVin my vermouth, don't you?


Amigo Viejo
1½oz blanco tequila (El Jimador)
¾oz dry vermouth (Noilly Prat)
¾oz Aperol
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass. Stir with ice until very cold. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of orange peel.

Bitter and stirred, not brown, which is fine with me as I’m trying new things. In case you were wondering, my other resolution this year is to eat more fish. But tht’s for a different blog. One I don’t write.

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