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12 rye whiskey cocktails – How to drink rye whiskey

Once the dusty bottle forgotten at the bottom of the cupboard, rye whiskey is now experiencing a revival. Made from rye grains in a style similar to bourbon, rye provides a tang that’s part pepper, part baking spice, and 100% perfect for cool-weather cocktails. From classics like the Manhattan or the sazerac to more modern riffs, there are plenty of ways to tap into that mixable spirit. Need inspiration? Here are our favorite ways to shake things up with rye.

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Ingredients

2 oz rye whiskey
0.5 oz simple syrup
2 dashes of Peychaud bitters
Absinthe

Instructions

Rinse a chilled glass with absinthe and discard the absinthe. Combine the other ingredients in a mixing glass, strain into the chilled glass and garnish.

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Ingredients

1.5 oz rye whiskey
1 oz simple syrup
0.25 oz of orgeat
0.75 oz lemon juice
0.5 oz Fernet
Half of a fresh fig

Instructions

Shake and strain twice over crushed ice. Garnish with half a fig and a dehydrated lemon.

By Saul Ranella of Hog Island Oyster Co.

Ingredients

4 ounces Sagamore Spirit Rye whiskey
8 oz apple cider
1 oz lime juice
1 oz simple syrup
2-4 cinnamon sticks

Instructions

Add apple cider, lime juice, simple syrup and cinnamon stick to a small saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the whiskey and stir to combine. Pour into your favorite mugs. Garnish with apple slices and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Ingredients

1 ounce fresh lemon
1 oz fresh orange juice
2 ounces Michter’s rye
Red wine cordial*

Instructions

Shake, strain into a highball glass with fresh ice, gently layer the red wine cordial which, because it is denser, will settle at the bottom of the glass. Garnish with an orange zest.

* Red Wine Cordial: In a saucepan over medium heat, simmer a bottle of Shiraz or another bright, juicy red wine with 1 cup orange juice, 2 cinnamon sticks, 0.5 cup sweet vermouth , 0.5 cup pomegranate grenadine and 0.25 cup smoked maple syrup. You can also replace the cordial with Martini & Rosso Rubino, Madeira or a Carcavelos.

By Nicky Beyries of Foreign Cinema in San Francisco

Ingredients

1.5 oz Sagamore rye whiskey
3 ounces of sparkling wine
0.5 oz lime juice
.75 spicy cranberry syrup*

Instructions

Add whiskey, lime juice and spiced cranberry syrup to a champagne flute. Shake the glass to mix. Tilt the glass and slowly pour the sparkling wine. Garnish with lime and cranberry.

* Spiced Cranberry Syrup: Combine equal parts water, sugar and fresh cranberries in a saucepan. For each cup of cranberries, add a cinnamon stick and a sprig of rosemary. Bring to a boil and reduce to low heat for 15 minutes. Cool overnight and filter.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Hudson Do The Rye Thing whiskey
0.75 oz sweet vermouth
0.5 oz fresh lime
Ginger ale topping

Instructions

Put all the ingredients in a shaker and shake with ice. Strain into a highball cocktail glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a long orange zest.

Ingredients

2 oz bourbon or rye whiskey
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
1 sugar cube or 1 teaspoon sugar
Orange twist garnish

Instructions

Put the sugar in the glass. Cover it with strokes of bitters. Add the whiskey and stir until the sugar dissolves. Add ice, mix again and serve. If the bartender starts shaking ingredients or mixing fruit, make your next round to another bar.

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Ingredients

0.25 oz honey syrup or simple syrup
1 oz fresh lemon juice
0.75 oz Combier Pink Grapefruit Cordial
1.5 oz rye

Instructions

Mix all the ingredients in a mixing set. Add ice, shake and strain into a chilled Nick and Nora glass. Hang a quarter slice of grapefruit on the rim.

*You can replace the cordial with 0.25 oz of grapefruit juice mixed with 0.5 oz of simple syrup.

From Vaucluse to New York

Ingredients

2 oz rye whiskey
0.25 oz pure maple syrup (Grade A amber is recommended. For a richer version, try Grade B)
3 dashes of chocolate bitters
Orange twist for garnish

Iinstructions

Add all the ingredients to an old fashioned glass with a large piece of ice. Mix well. Release the oils from the orange peel onto the surface of the drink and serve.

From Water Grill in Southern California

Ingredients

1.5 oz Hudson Do the Rye Thing Whiskey
.75 oz Dolin Blanc Vermouth From Chambery
0.5oz Suze

Instructions

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and stir until thoroughly chilled. Strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with a large ice cube. Garnish with a zest of flambé orange.

By Sebastien Derbomez

Ingredients

2.5 oz rye whiskey
0.25 oz green Chartreuse
0.5 oz simple syrup
absinthe rinse
2 dashes lemon bitters
lemon twist

Instructions

Add a splash of absinthe to a coupe glass and swirl to lightly coat the inside of the glass. Discard the absinthe. In a mixing glass, combine the rye, chartreuse and syrup over ice. Strain into coupe glass, garnish with lemon bitters and garnish with lemon zest.

From Spice Kitchen and Bar in Cleveland.

Ingredients

1.5 oz George Dickel rye
3 raspberries
5 blueberries
1 strawberry
Sprinkle with sugar
4oz Club Soda

Instructions

Mix fruit and sugar in a glass. Stir in rye. Fill the glass with ice + top with club soda.

Ingredients

1.75 oz rye whiskey
0.5oz Nocello
0.5 oz dry vermouth
0.25 oz Luxardo maraschino liqueur
2 dashes of orange bitters

Instructions

Stir with large ice cubes. Serve in a rocks glass and garnish with squeezed orange peel.

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