Rye Revival

A drink for the beginning of fall

It's Spirits Month! Get in on all the booze-filled fun.

As temperatures start to drop, we start to crave rye-based cocktails. Rye is bourbon's drier, spicier and considerably less sweet cousin, making it much more interesting (for us) to build on.

This cocktail highlights rye's most redeeming qualities. A few dashes of Angostura bitters adds spice, while basil simple syrup makes for an herbaceous, sweet layer. It's all rounded out with a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a chartreuse rinse.

Topping the drink off with a touch of Guinness gives it a richness that pairs perfectly with a thick sweater and a roaring fire.

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

Rye Revival
3 from 45 ratings
Learn to make this rye based cocktail for fall. 
Prep Time
10
minutes
Cook Time
5
minutes
Servings
1
cocktail
Total time: 15 minutes
Ingredients
  • For the Basil Simple Syrup
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • Handful of basil, bruised, stems included
  • For the Cocktail
  • ¼ ounce green Chartreuse
  • Ice
  • 2 ounces rye
  • 1 ounce basil simple syrup
  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice
  • 4 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 2 ounces stout (such as Guinness), to top
Directions
  1. Make the basil simple syrup: Combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Bring to a simmer and cook until the sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely before straining the liquid into an airtight container. Store the simple syrup in the refrigerator until ready to use. Make ahead: The syrup can be made up to a week in advance 2. Make the cocktail: Pour the Chartreuse into a coupe glass. Swirl the Chartreuse around to coat the sides of the glass, then discard the liquid.
  2. In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine the rye, simple syrup, lime juice, bitters and 1 of the bay leaves. Shake vigorously and strain into a coupe glass. Top with the Guinness and garnish with the remaining fresh bay leaf.
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