I’ve purchased a bottle of Bulleit Rye Whiskey at the recommendation of a friend. I was shifting through my copy of Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, (the book that honestly started all this mess to begin with) and found that with my current bar stock the next best thing to add would be a good rye.
Rye Whiskey makes an appearance in at least 10 drinks in the book and of the other likely candidates was the only one I hadn’t tried yet. At the above mentioned friend’s birthday a bottle was around and making some fantastic manhattans. I had already run through the stock of cherry liqueurs that I had brought for the purpose of making hard cherry limeades and had a few odds and ends left around. This drink was the result and it has been a smash hit ever since.
1 1/2 oz Rye Whiskey
2oz Maraschino syrup
Shake, strain into glass over ice.
The flavor has been likened to a jolly rancher, which to my mind simply means sweet but if done properly you get more than a nice dash of both cherry and rye flavors without a lot of burn. Alcohol flavor about 1/10.