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The Rye Smile

A complex quaffable.

A robust rye refreshment not for delicate palates.

Beer cocktails have been in the steady rotation for us over the past couple of months (which is partially why we’ve been so lax in posting). In a recent stroke of madness/genius, Jake decided to try a little rye on rye action with a dash of complexity from Cynar and a sweet finish courtesy of Cherry Heering. This one’s full of big flavors that will make you smile like you’re in on an inside joke…or just like you’ve had a pint glass full of liquor.

Equipment Needed: Pint Glass, Cocktail Spoon, Jigger or Shot Glass

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz rye whiskey (about $30/750 ml)
  • 1/2 oz Cynar (about $25/750 ml)
  • 1/2 oz Cherry Heering (about $30/750 ml)
  • 12 oz rye IPA (we used Sierra Nevada’s Ruthless Rye IPA, about $10.99/6 pack)
  • 1 small sprig of rosemary for garnish ($1.50/ sprig)

Preparation:

  • Pour in your hard liquors and stir them together. Add the rye beer and stir slowly to mix further without making everything foam up. If you want to dilute the drink now’s the time to add an ice cube or two.
  • Garnish with rosemary. Drink, smile wryly, repeat.

Smoky Peach Cobbler

This is what rye and peaches look like in a rocks glass. Discuss.

An overabundance of peaches from our CSA combined with a borderline obsessive quest to make cocktails with every flavor of Fee Brothers bitters flavor brought us boozy inspiration.  Enjoy an adults-only version of an American dessert classic.

Equipment Needed: Rocks Glass, Pairing Knife, Cutting Board

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz rye whiskey (around $25/750 ml for decent stuff)
  • 15 dashes of peach bitters (about $7/4 oz)
  • 3 slices of fresh peach ($2.99/lb)
  • 2 ice cubes (free)

Preparation:

  • Peel the skin off a peach and cut three thin slices from it.
  • Add the ice cubes and peach slices to your glass. Shake in the bitters, measure out your rye and stir thoroughly. Sláinte!

Rhubarb Pie

Yeah, we garnished a rocks glass. That's how we roll.

So now that we’ve touched on a bit of everything else, it’s time to teach you how to drink too. Sheesh, do we have to do everything around here? This take on an Old Fashioned was inspired by a recent trip to Tuthilltown Spirits, up in Gardiner, NY and their smooth and delicious whiskeys. Rhubarb bitters can be found in specialty shops like The Meat Hook; get Fee Brothers if you can find them. And remember, real men (and women) garnish.

Equipment Needed: Rocks Glass, Muddler (or) Spoon

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz rye whiskey (around $25/750ml for decent stuff)
  • 13 dashes of rhubarb bitters (it sounds like a lot, but you’ll be fine)(about $7/4oz)
  • 1 ice cube (free, unless you’re an billionaire and use Evian ice cubes)
  • 2 strawberries ($3.99/lb)
  • 2 pinches sugar ($2.39/2 lb box)

Preparation:

  • Put one strawberry at the bottom of the glass, sprinkle it with sugar and mash it with your muddler or spoon.
  • Add the ice cube and pour the whiskey in. Add the bitters, stir and garnish with the other strawberry. Skål!