Over the last few years, rye whiskey has seen a huge rise in popularity, thanks in part to shows like "Mad Men" and the recent speakeasy craze. This old-timey spirit went out of fashion after Prohibition, but it's now in such high demand that some distilleries are having trouble keeping up. So what's the big deal?
Unlike its cousins Scotch and bourbon, rye whiskey has a spicy, funky flavor—not to mention that it's a key ingredient in some of the most famous cocktails in American history, including the Old Fashioned, Manhattan and Sazerac. But thanks to its recent resurgence, you can now find plenty of other exciting rye cocktails to whet your whistle.
Give rye a shot with these five mouth-watering tipples.
Rye is typically a drier spirit than bourbon, making it a great foil for liqueurs and bitters. This tasty libation combines rye, Yellow Chartreuse, sweet vermouth and both Angostura and orange bitters. It's a sure-fire way to impress your dinner guests; just don’t forget the lemon twist!View recipe: Greenpoint
Combining not one but two different brands of rye whiskey, this sipper from talented New York bartender Brian Miller has as much sex appeal as the actress herself. Add some vermouth, Grand Marnier, Bénédictine and chocolaty Bittermens Xocolatl Mole Bitters to see why gentlemen don't always prefer blondes.View Recipe: Jane Russell
Vieux Carré is the French term for New Orleans' famed French Quarter and also the name of this potent and historic drink, which combines two classic spirits—rye and cognac—with vermouth, Bénédictine and Peychaud's and Angostura bitters. It was supposedly invented at the Carousel Bar in NOLA's Hotel Monteleone.View recipe: Vieux Carré
This simple cocktail from Liquor.com advisory board member Dushan Zaric and all-star bartender Jason Kosmas will dazzle your taste buds. Orange blossom water and orange bitters add a light finish to a rich mixture of Wild Turkey Rye, Campari and port. Garnish with ground cinnamon and an orange wheel for a satisfying fall drink.View recipe: Malena
Fix Liquor.com advisory board member and master mixologist Gary Regan's version of this Prohibition classic. The delicious chilled refresher incorporates rye, vermouth, fresh lemon juice, grenadine (try making your own from scratch for a special treat) and orange bitters.View recipe: Scofflaw
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