Bartenders know that rye is on the rise. The proof? Look to your fellow colleagues’ cocktail programs.
Rye-based cocktails are currently sweeping through top bar menus around the country. But the question is: Which whiskey should you be using? Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey is the respected brand’s latest extension. Its 53% rye base echoes the spice characteristics of the original Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select, which results in a balanced rye with a sweetly spiced finish.
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.
Try Woodford Reserve’s Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey at your favorite local bars and start using this bold new rye in your cocktails now.