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.
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.
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.
This simple 3-ingredient sour manages to be bright and earthy at the same time, with the spice from the rye and the Benedictine mingling to wonderful effect. We'd be curious to try this with a Meyer lemon instead of the traditional Eureka variety.
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.
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.
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.
Rye Maple Fizz
This frothy rye fizz is sweetened with maple syrup. Lemon juice brightens it up and Old Fashioned bitters add spice.
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.
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.
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.
If you have a weakness for gingery drinks, this simple rye cocktail will be your new favorite. It's made with a intense fresh ginger syrup that's mixed with lime and rye.