The Third Man is the brainchild of Nashville’s Henrietta Red, and it starts with the classic combination of Campari and grapefruit juice. Originally designed as a vehicle for Belle Meade Bourbon, it works great with any bourbon you can lay your hands on. I recommend using a bonded whiskey (or something of higher proof), and dialing the syrup back just a bit in order to let the bracing bitterness of the Campari shine a bit more clearly.
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The Third Man
1 1/2 oz bourbon
3/4 oz Campari
1 oz grapefruit juice
3/4 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
Shake all ingredients with ice and serve in an Old Fashioned glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a grapefruit or lemon peel. Or both.