The spiciness of the Rye Whiskey compliments the ginger so nicely.
My mentor Andrew Willett recently posted his Rye Ginger Sling as his “drink of the week” on his blog Elemental Mixology. I decided to try it and ended up falling in love with it – no surprise as it’s roots have been around for more than 100 years! It’s super simple to make and doesn’t require many ingredients. The Rye Ginger Sling is also easily adaptable by making it into a charged sling by serving it over the rocks with the addition of an ounce of soda water. Here’s how you make it:
Rye Ginger Sling
4 coin sized slices of fresh ginger
1-2 teaspoons fine white sugar
2 ounces Rye Whiskey (If using higher then 100 proof I recommend 2 teaspoons of sugar)
Muddle the sugar and ginger together. Add whiskey then ice into a mixing glass. Stir until well chilled and diluted. Strain using a hawthorne strainer and a fine mesh strainer into a chilled cocktail goblet. Garnish with a strip of ginger. Enjoy!
Having fun photographing the process of making “cocktail water”. Cocktail water is simply sugar in cube form, 2 dashes of petite bitters and 1/4 pony (1/4 ounce) of water muddled together with the flat back end of a bar spoon. This is the basis for a great old-fashioned whiskey cocktail. This is how all old-fashioned cocktails were made at one time and they involved any spirit a patron would desire. It is not strictly a whiskey cocktail.
*Note – You don’t actually create aggressive splashes when combining these ingredients. I was simply trying to create some drama!
Classic Algonquin with Amaro mist.
I had a few pineapples sitting around and realized I needed to do something with them before they went bad. Time to get out the juicer! I decided to recreate the classic Rye based cocktail called the Algonquin with fresh pineapple juice. One of the things I like about this cocktail is that it’s extremely balanced and you can taste all of the ingredients distinctly. However, I wanted to give this classic more aromatics and depth. I decided to get my atomizer out and add some Amaro Cio Ciaro. Atomizers add a mist of whatever flavor you fill them with, so they provide a subtle accent to your drinks and take them to the next level. In this case, the Amaro worked perfectly by adding slightly bitter herbaceous notes to the cocktail.
1.5 Ounces Rye Whiskey
3/4 Ounce Dry Vermouth
3/4 Ounce Pineapple Juice
1 Ounce Amaro (in an atomizer)
Combine the first 3 ingredients with ice in a mixing glass. Stir until desired chill and dilution is achieved. Pour into a cocktail glass. Pump atomizer until you feel some resistance and spray mist the top of the cocktail. Enjoy!