Slideshow: What's Your Favorite Rye Cocktail?

Harvest Moon
Harvest Moon

If you really want to celebrate the season, get out the rye and the apple brandy too. This spirit-forward drink uses bonded apple brandy and fragrant Lillet Blanc; Green Chartreuse and bitters contribute autumnal spice.

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[Photo: Alice Gao]

New York Shrub
New York Shrub

For this drink, you'll cook down balsamic vinegar until it's rich and concentrated, then mix it with rye, fresh lemon, and a little simple syrup to sweeten. The resulting cocktail is tangy and fresh, with a slightly oaky finish.

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[Photo: Wes Rowe]

Rye Sherry Amour
Rye Sherry Amour

Nutty Amontillado sherry enriches this rye cocktail from Heather Herman. The drink gets a bit of sweetness and spice from ginger syrup.

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[Photo: Christine Tsai]

Remember the Maine
Remember the Maine

Cherry Heering and absinthe make an appearance along with sweet vermouth in this rye cocktail, which was included in Charles H. Baker's Gentleman's Companion.

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[Photo: Maggie Hoffman]

Kale Pineapple Basil Smash
Kale Pineapple Basil Smash

Muddled basil leaves, fresh pineapple juice, earthy kale juice, and rye combine for a sweet-tart, herbaceous green drink. We won't claim that it's healthy, but we are certain it's delicious.

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[Photo: Autumn Giles]

Kentucky River Fish Kill Punch
Kentucky River Fish Kill Punch

This punch from Seven Grand in Los Angeles makes it easy to keep the party going. All you need is Wild Turkey Rye and bittersweet Aperol, plus grapefruit juice and your favorite affordable sparkling wine.

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[Photo: Rebecca Fishman]

Pioneer Spirit
Pioneer Spirit

This cocktail from New York's Raines Law Room starts with a stiff base of Vermont's stellar WhistlePig rye. It's mixed with potent apple brandy and sweetened with aromatic almond-flavored orgeat.

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[Photo: Linda Xiao]

Cynar Toronto
Cynar Toronto

A classic Toronto cocktail is made with rye and Fernet, but this variation uses a slightly more user-friendly bitter liqueur: Cynar. The richly bittersweet, vegetal flavor of Cynar is a perfect foil for the rye.

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[Photo: Autumn Giles]

Pimm Daddy
Pimm Daddy

You don't have to stop drinking Pimm's just because summer's over. Pimm's adds fruity richness and spice to this rye drink, created by Taylor Bense of The Post Office in Brooklyn. Muddled cucumber and lemon juice keep everything fresh-tasting.

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[Photo: Wes Rowe]