6 Rye Cocktail Recipes for Wintertime Sipping

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Sometimes spicy rye needs something to soften it a bit. In this cocktail from John Evans of NYC's Black Market, the whiskey is deepened with Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth, plus an easy brown sugar and pear syrup, which adds a molasses-like richness.

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Wes Rowe

It's a cliché, but we do tend to focus our drinking on rich brown spirits when the winter chill has set in, and we're turning to spicy rye to mix things up.

As much as a Manhattan made with top-quality vermouth hits the spot, and as good as a well-made Sazerac always is, we wanted to explore what rye can do when it comes together with fresher flavors—grapefruit, lemon, apple cider, even balsamic vinegar. The results, thanks to these recipes from a few bartender friends—including Sother Teague of Amor y Amargo in NYC and Leo Robitschek of The Nomad and Eleven Madison Park—are delicious.

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