Rock & Rye – Cocktails We Love

Rock & Rye Whiskey Cocktail
Rock & Rye – Colin Joliat

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Rock & Rye was America’s great cold remedy back in the day. Unfortunately I wasn’t around to see it because my parents had yet to be born. Lazy. It faded into obscurity decades ago only to be replaced by Faygo’s “Rock N’ Rye” pop. As a Michigander, I always loved Rock N’ Rye, but I had no idea how much better it could have been.

The reassurance of Rock & Rye is afoot with brands like Hochstadter’s Low and Slow and NY Distilling’s Mister Katz’ hitting the market in recent years. It’s easy enough to make your own Rock & Rye cocktail though. The best part? You essentially get to make it up as you go.

For an old school cocktail, I turned to an old school source – The Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock. If you’re scared of imprecise recipes, this 1930’s boozepedia might not be for you.

1 Glass Rye Whiskey
Dissolve 1 Piece of Rock Candy in it.
The Juice of 1 Lemon can be added if desired.

I’m not a professional mixologist, but I don’t recall a “glass” being a standard unit of measure for cocktails. Of course being a professional boozist, I opted for 3 ounces of Knob Creek rye whiskey, 0.5 ounces of fresh squeezed lemon juice, and a arbitrary swirling of rock candy.

Not only does the Rock & Rye make for a pretty picture, the cocktail was absolutely delicious. I highly recommend making one for yourself. You don’t even have to catch a cold as an excuse.

Rock & Rye Cocktail

Rock and Rye straight out of the Savoy Cocktail Book.

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Colin Joliat is the brains behind this rinky-dink operation. He covers the alcohol industry with two parts information, one part comedy, and one part WTF is wrong with this guy. He's written for Brobible, Guyism, Thrillist, CoolMaterial, Craft, and more.

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