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Manhattan

Rye Whiskey Whiskey , Classics

The Manhattan cocktail—now this is what the Manhattan Project should've been about.

Employees Only Manhattan

Rye Whiskey , Classics Modern Classics

A pair of famed bartenders created this subtle variation on the classic.

Horse’s Neck

Bourbon / American Whiskey Brandy / Cognac Rye Whiskey

The Horse’s Neck gets its name from its long coiled lemon peel that snakes around the inside of the glass. Believed to be in rotation as early as 1895, this cocktail is further proof that the simplest combinations can often be the most satisfying.

Presbyterian

Bourbon / American Whiskey Rye Whiskey Scotch , Classics

If you treat Scotch like a religion, try this simple and classic cocktail. Be sure to use a spicy ginger ale so you get the most out of the three-part combo. Not a fan of Scotch? The Presbyterian is also delicious with a measure of bourbon.

Boulevardier

Liqueurs Rye Whiskey , Classics

Swap out the gin in a Negroni for rye whiskey and you get the delicious Boulevardier. It's equally complex as its gin-based predecessor, but the whiskey adds warmth, making it perfect for autumn and winter drinking.

Scofflaw

Bourbon / American Whiskey Rye Whiskey Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Classics

This whiskey drink was invented in Paris while the US suffered through Prohibition.

Boilermaker

Beer Bourbon / American Whiskey Rye Whiskey , Shots

Go old-school with this straightforward whiskey and beer concoction.

Vieux Carré

Brandy / Cognac Rye Whiskey Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Classics

The Vieux Carré is pure Old New Orleans and was invented at the city's famed Carousel Bar. This cognac and rye whiskey cocktail packs a powerful punch and is delightfully complex.

Jane Russell

Rye Whiskey , Modern Classics

This voluptuous rye-based cocktail packs a wallop.

Sazerac

Absinthe Rye Whiskey , Classics

One of America’s earliest cocktails, the Sazerac is a homegrown New Orleans specialty. Peychaud’s Bitters are a key element and were created by Antoine Peychaud, a French Quarter pharmacist, who invented the cocktail in the 1830s. The Sazerac was originally made with cognac, but an insect epidemic destroyed many French vineyards and resulted in the lasting switch to rye whiskey.

Tootsie Roll

Rye Whiskey

This inspired chocolaty libation is for adults only.

Greenpoint

Rye Whiskey Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

The Greenpoint is variation on the Brooklyn, which was spawned from a classic Manhattan. Created at NYC’s legendary Milk & Honey, it was named after the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn and the greenish hue of the Chartreuse used to make it.

Tender Nob

Brandy / Cognac Rye Whiskey , Modern Classics

Cognac, rye, a couple complex liqueurs and walnut orgeat combine in this extravagant cocktail.

Deshler

Rye Whiskey , Modern Classics

Enjoy your favorite rye whiskey in this Dubonnet and Cointreau drink from Brian Miller.

Rub & Rye

Beer Rye Whiskey , Modern Classics

With rye whiskey, Belgian beer and a beef-jerky garnish, this is the manliest cocktail recipe we know of.

New York Sour

Rye Whiskey , Classics

Top a classic Whiskey Sour with red wine to get this delicious pre-Prohibition tipple. The mixture of sour, sweet and rich, red wine, makes for a wonderfully complex drink.

Sandeman Ciderhouse Sangria

Rye Whiskey , Punches

Throw an autumn party with this port, cider and rye concoction.

Sazerac

Brandy / Cognac Cognac Rye Whiskey , Modern Classics

Add the warm, bold spice star anise to your next Sazerac.

The Sazerac Cocktail

Rye Whiskey , Classics

It doesn’t get much more classic than this NOLA standard.

Maison Premiere Sazerac

Absinthe Rye Whiskey , Classics

Try this simple twist on the classic Sazerac recipe.

New York Sour

Bourbon / American Whiskey Rye Whiskey , Classics

The secret to this Whiskey Sour variation is a bit of red wine. Try the classic New York Sour.

Spazerac

Rye Whiskey , Frozen / Blended

Try this unusual frozen spin on the classic Sazerac.

1792 Kentucky White Dog Julep

Bourbon / American Whiskey Rye Whiskey , Classics

In honor of the state’s 220th anniversary, Liquor.com advisory board member David Wondrich created this refreshing Bluegrass tipple.

Monte Cassino

Liqueurs Rye Whiskey , Modern Classics

Two French liqueurs plus American rye and lemon juice equals one fine drink.

Bulleit Perfect Manhattan

Rye Whiskey Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Classics

Bulleit’s unorthodox twist on the old-school Manhattan? The use of both dry and sweet vermouth, in addition to a dash of potent blood orange bitters in place of the usual Angostura. The result is a doubly aromatic, complex take on the classic.

Crimson King

Rye Whiskey , Modern Classics

This drink takes the subtle flavors in a Boulevardier and adds dark cherry and bitter roasted coffee liqueur.

Grapefruit Sazerac

Absinthe Rye Whiskey , Modern Classics

Grapefruit adds a welcome citrus note to this New Orleans specialty.

Hot Toddy

Bourbon / American Whiskey Irish Whiskey Rye Whiskey Scotch Whiskey , Classics Hot

Brrrrr, is it cold out here? Great for a warming up for the night or when you're feeling under the weather, you can use any kind of whiskey you like in this hot and comforting classic Hot Toddy recipe.

Remember the Maine

Rye Whiskey , Classics

If you appreciate a good Manhattan—a rye Manhattan specifically—then the Remember the Maine will most likely find a home in your drinks repertoire. The cocktail comes from Charles H. Baker, Jr’s. The Gentleman’s Companion from 1939 and is notable for its additions of cherry liqueur and a touch of absinthe.

McKinley’s Delight

Rye Whiskey , Classics

Many presidents had cocktails created in their honor, but few have stood the test of time. Created in 1896 during the 25th president’s election, the McKinley’s Delight is an exception. It incorporates classic elements from the Manhattan, but dresses them up for the special occasion with cherry liqueur and a dash of absinthe.

(ri)1 Spiced Rye Punch

Rye Whiskey , Punches

Spike your iced tea with rye whiskey.

Ward Eight

Rye Whiskey , Classics

The Ward Eight, a turn-of-the-20th-century concoction, is one of Boston’s major contributions to mixology.

Iowa Buck

Rye Whiskey , Modern Classics

This version of a Buck, or cocktail using ginger beer, uses rye whiskey.

Cave Creek

Rye Whiskey Scotch , Modern Classics

The Cave Creek cocktail is made with New York Distilling Company's Rock & Rye—a bottled combination of rye whiskey, sugar and citrus that was all the rage in the 19th century, when it was made with rock candy.

Embarcadero

Rye Whiskey Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

Meet the trifecta of perfectly balanced, bittersweet flavor: amaro, sweet vermouth and rye.

Ginger Ale Highball

Rye Whiskey , Classics

The spicy notes of rye whiskey and ginger pair beautifully in the simple and classic Ginger Ale Highball. Bonus: It's simple to make and loved by almost everyone, making it the perfect party drink.

Templeton Manhattan

Rye Whiskey , Classics

This cocktail is the ultimate three-ingredient classic.

Sour, Take 2

Gin Rye Whiskey Tequila Vodka , Modern Classics

Make a homemade sour mix with oleo saccharum and lemon juice to give this drink the punch it deserves.

Fall to Pieces

Brandy / Cognac Liqueurs Rye Whiskey Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Modern Classics

The spirit-forward nature of this cocktail makes it perfect for enjoying slowly by the fireside.

Traditional Old Fashioned

Rye Whiskey , Classics

So popular they named a glass after it, this whiskey cocktail is a classic go-to.

The Ambassador Cocktail Recipe

Rye Whiskey , Modern Classics

You’ll want this complex cocktail representing your interests.

Malena

Liqueurs Rye Whiskey , Modern Classics

Rye whiskey, Campari and sweet port join forces in this delicious sipper.

The Fox Mulder

Rye Whiskey , Modern Classics

This X-Files–inspired cocktail is a classic Whiskey Sour with a pineapple twist. A Green Chartreuse float gives the drink an ethereal appearance, but the high-proof, medicinal bite keeps it grounded.

Summer Rye

Rye Whiskey , Modern Classics

It's also good for winter, spring and fall.

Vieux Carré

Brandy / Cognac Rye Whiskey , Classics

The cognac-and-rye classic Vieux Carré cocktail was invented at New Orleans' famed Carousel Bar.

Black-Eyed Rye

Rye Whiskey , Modern Classics

You don’t have to be a Ravens fan to love it.

The Valentino

Gin Rye Whiskey Vermouth / Aperitif Wine Vodka , Modern Classics

A tribute to the actor’s Italian birthplace, this variation on the Negroni is a modern classic.

Vieux Carré

Brandy / Cognac Rye Whiskey , Modern Classics

This cocktail was created by Dustin Drankiewicz at Moneygun for Cognac Classics Week, presented by Liquor.com and Hennessy VSOP Privilège.

Brown & Orange

Rye Whiskey , Modern Classics

You don’t have to live in Ohio to love it.

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