In the past there has only been a handful of alcohols for us to use to make our favorite cocktails with. In the more recent years there has been a new trend in the cocktail world. Even though these whiskeys have been around for many years, many of us, myself included, have ignored them. Now with the new trend in high gear, I say that rye whiskey is the future of cocktails. Do you want to jump on this band wagon with me? For years I have been a bourbon lover, and I am ready to try something new. It has taken me thirty years to get to this point, however, I hear that drinking bourbon is very close to drinking rye whiskey. So I guess that it is not that far of a leap, I am all about baby steps when it comes to trying something new.
1) 1 ounce of Dry Sparkling Wine
2) 1 ounce of Redemption Straight Rye Whiskey
3) 1 ounce of Campari
4) 1 ounce of Sweet Vermouth
To Make; Add rye whiskey, campari, and sweet vermouth to a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir with a bar spoon until well chilled. Strain into a champagne coup, then top off with the sparkling wine. Garnish with a fresh rosemary sprig to add a touch of class.
2) 2 1/2 ounces of Sour Mix
3) 1/2 ounce of Red Wine
To Make; Mix the whiskey and the sour mix in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake until well chilled. Strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice, then top off with a floater of the red wine. Serve as is, no garnish needed for this special cocktail. For this one I gave you a choice of rye whiskey, or bourbon, break free and try the rye,
Maple Bourbon Old Fashioned:
1) 2 ounces of Bourbon or Rye Whiskey
2) 1/2 ounce of maple syrup
3) 3 dashes of Angostura Bitters
4) Orange rind for the garnish
Rojo Rye Do:
Balance is key in every relationship, and just as important in a good cocktail. The smooth rich flavors of a summery red sangria balances out the tang of a whiskey sour in this better- together combonation. The perfect harmony of flavor in this cocktail is a match made in mixology heaven.
1) 2 ounces of Rye Whiskey
2) 2 1/2 ounces of Sour Mix
3) 1 cup of Malbec ( Red Wine )
4) 1/2 ounce of Brandy
5) 1/2 ounce of Orange Liqueur
6) 2 ounces of Pink Grapefruit Juice
7) 2 ounces of Pineapple Juice
To Make; Fill a highball glass with some ice, and begin to pour in the whiskey sour. Leave at least an inch of room at the top of the glass. Next slowly pour the red sangria to layer on top of the whiskey sour. Do not stir or mix, simply garnish with luxardo or dried cherries.
For the whiskey sour; Combine whiskey and sour mix in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for up to a minute or until frothy. Strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass and garnish with some cherries.
For the sangria; Combine wine, fruit juice, orange liqueur, and brandy in an ice filled cocktail shaker, shake well to combine. Strain into a wine glass full of ice and garnish with fresh fruit slices.
Rye And Ginger:
This one is so simple that my eight year old grandaughter could make one.
1) 1 1/2 ounces of Rye Whiskey
To Make; Fill a highball glass with crushed ice. Add the rye whiskey and top off with the Schwepps Ginger Ale. You can garnish with a lemon wheel, but it’s not neccesary. Enjoy
1) 1 1/2 ounces of Jack Daniels Tennessee Rye
2) 1/2 ounce of fresh lemon juice
3) 1/2 ounce of simple syrup
4) 2 dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters
5) Soda water or lemon lime soda
6) Lemon wheel for a garnish ( optional )
To Make; Fill a cocktail shaker with ice half the way. Add all the ingredients except the soda and shake vigorously for 15- 20 seconds. Fill the highball glass with fresh ice cubes, and strain the liquid into the glass. Top off with the mixture with your soda water or soda of your choosing. Add the lemon wheel to garnish and enjoy.
I hope that you enjoy one or two of these Rye whiskey the future of cocktails, I know that I am going to. There are at least a few of these recipes that have my interest.
Remember to drink responsibly and never drink and drive. The life you save may very well be your own. Have a blessed weekend my friends. John D.
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