A direct descendant of the Negroni, the Al Capone (a creation of Brooklyn bartender John Bush) blends Campari, whiskey, and vermouth to create the perfect summer whiskey drink. The result is heavy on the whiskey (Bush prefers a fiery rye like Willett), with half as much vermouth (like dark, spicy Carpano Antica). The Campari serves as bitters here: just a splash suffuses the drink with its sharp, vegetal bite. Over a single large ice cube it’s a perfectly bracing porch drink; at night, when the weather’s just a bit cooler, it’s at its very best served up, with an orange twist.
- 3 oz. rye whiskey
- 1 1⁄2 oz. vermouth
- 1⁄2 oz. Campari
- Orange zest, to garnish
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake the whiskey, vermouth, and Campari. Strain the mixture into two tumblers, and garnish each with an orange twist.