'Rye' on Serious Eats

New Mystery Whiskey: Michter's Original Sour Mash Whiskey

As a spirits reviewer, I'm constantly inundated by creation myths, marketing smoke-and-mirrors that make a bottle sound extra-enticing. The recently released Michter's Original Sour Mash Whiskey is supposedly the resurrection of a long defunct formulation of Sour Mash Whiskey from the original Michter's distillery in Schaefferstown, PA. Listing at a suggested $44 per 750mL bottle, this could easily become a go-to whiskey when you're on the bourbon-rye fence. More

Where To Drink Rye Cocktails in Chicago

With the proliferation of cocktail bars and cocktail-conscious restaurants in Chicago, there are dozens of rye cocktails to be had here, especially during this time of year, when meager temperatures demand that restorative sensation of heat rye drinks so generously provide. But around town, many rye drinks are darn good, while others are just ok. As a service to ourselves, I say, let's not waste a drop of precious rye on anything short of great. More

6 Rye Cocktail Recipes for Wintertime Sipping

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 balsalmic 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. More

The Serious Eats Guide to Rye Whiskey

I don't know about any of you, but I'm a boozer who likes to drink rye whiskey year 'round. Winter, summer, whatever, no day's too hot to enjoy a nice rye old-fashioned. But normal people, I hear, think of rye as a cold-weather treat. Its spicy, robust character and bone-dry palate certainly help take the edge off a brisk, autumn day. And since we in the Northeast have had several such days lately, it's time to talk all things rye. More

Summer Drink Recipes: Crystal Beach from Cotogna in San Francisco

When we asked Cotogna's bar manager what cocktail ingredients he's into right now, we expected some crazy new vermouth or extra-rare bitters, but he answered simply: "Opal basil. It's super beautiful," he says. He uses it to crown a cocktail named Crystal Beach after the Canadian amusement park he visited as a kid. Here's the recipe so you can make this summer drink at home. More

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