Thursday, June 7, 2012

I Love Rye!

I love rye.  The bread is ok, but the whiskey?  Well that's true love.  Sometimes bold, often times peppery, rye whiskey is simply perfect for classic-style, spirit-driven cocktails.  Here's a couple of great rye cocktails for your imbibing pleasure:

The 1794 Cocktail
created by Dominic Venegas
1794 was the year that resistance to the Whiskey Rebellion came to a climax.

2 oz. Rye Whiskey (I prefer Rittenhouse 100 proof)
1 oz. Campari
1 oz. Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
Stir well with ice
Strain into cocktail glass coated w/oil from a lemon peel; discard peel
Garnish with a flamed orange peel, drop peel into the drink

Taste of Treason
created by Seth Yaffe, The Gallows, Boston
Guess what else happened in 1794?  It was the first time a person was tried for treason in the newly-formed United States.  This cocktail takes its inspiration from the above 1794 cocktail.

1 oz. Rye Whiskey (I prefer High West Rye)
.75 oz. Aperol
.75 oz. Dolin Blanc Vermouth
2 dashes Angostura Orange Bitters
Stir well with ice; strain into a chilled coupe glass
Long orange twist for garnish


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