Woodford Rye’s bold flavors of clove, mint, honey and malt make it well-suited to mixing. Leading the wave of rye-based cocktails are some of the city’s finest bars. At Meadowsweet, beverage director Jeremy Adona features Woodford Rye in The American Poet, a Nick and Nora-esque coupe of rye, sweet vermouth and rhubarb amaro complete with an absinthe rinse.
The trend continues at The Fourth at The Hyatt Union Square, where bartender Jhonel Faelnar combines Woodford Rye with greenmarket maple syrup, yuzu and pineapple juice to create his St. Valentine’s Tipple. And at Bathtub Gin, Jeffrey Dillon’s Ambassador Cocktail brings Woodford Rye together with Fernet Branca, Oloroso sherry, orgeat and a dash of absinthe—a perfect format for showcasing the rye’s inherent spice alongside a hint of tiki charm.