(ri)1 Straight Rye Whiskey arrived on the scene what seems forever ago, yet in reality this ruggedly handsome rye whiskey is merely a rising star. The whiskey category as a whole excites the imagination as this genre takes off in a new direction with cocktail flair beyond the classics. Whether traditional recipes gain popularity through recreation or new cocktails come to the forefront, the result remains the same: more consumers are drawn to the bronze beverage that goes down with the burning delight of liquid gold, warming the soul and igniting passion for the finer things life offers.
(ri)1 & the Elusive Heering – created by Cheri Loughlin
2 ounces (ri)1 Straight Rye Whiskey
1/2 ounce Heering Cherry Liqueur
1/2 ounce Noilly Prat Original French Dry Vermouth
3 dashes Classic Bitters
Fresh Lemon Twist
Build in a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with fresh lemon twist. Optional: 1/8 ounce fresh lemon juice.
Oiliness of the Noilly Prat carries throughout in this cocktail and continues without diminishing. A hint of Heering Cherry Liqueur shines with its deep, rich character without overwhelming the cocktail or becoming watered down. It is subtle as the notes of cherry weave among the spice of rye. As the ice slowly melts, more cherry tones with its understated hint of chocolate begin to mingle through. However, the (ri)1 is the real show stopper. It displays well with spicy, robust character establishing a strong cocktail to the last delicious drop.
“Elusive” in the cocktail name refers to countless cocktails attempted with whiskey, bourbon, various gins, tequila and vodka using Heering Cherry Liqueur and not arriving at one that suits my creative spirit at the moment until this now. Heering Cherry Liqueur provides countless imaginative cocktails which are rather tasty.
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One of the must have cocktail books of the season for gift giving or referencing for your own celebrations and happy hour occasions has to be The Modern Mixologist Contemporary Classic Cocktails by Tony Abou-Ganim. Tony is The Modern Mixologist, but the book titled by the same name demonstrates exactly why the name fits his style and the way the modern consumer mixes and drinks. The book fills the mind with wonderful photographic illustrations, stories of the how and why many of the cocktails were created and why particular brands and ingredients are specified. This is accomplished without complicating the process for beginner to advanced cocktail enthusiasts.
Just For Mary – created by Tony Abou-Ganim
2 ounces (ri)1 Straight Rye Whiskey
1/2 ounce Cherry Heering
1/2 ounce Lillet Blond
2 dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters No. 6
Brandied Cherry Garnish
Place liquid ingredients in mixing glass with ice. Stir until thoroughly chilled. Strain into chilled martini glass. Finish with essence of burnt orange twist over cocktail and discard the twist. Garnish with brandied cherry. Notation: Wonderfully flavored cocktail. Resembles a Manhattan with phenomenal twist. Light, lilting, rewarding.
Fun fact from the book one will learn while reading through is Tony adheres to the rule of thumb of ‘stir 20 times to the right, stir 20 times to the left’ when chilling spirits only cocktails. Glean more basic cocktail information, quotes and trivia while sipping your way through wonderful cocktail recipes. Recipes range from easy to advanced skill level with excellent directions so all can become skilled at assembling the drink desired from the book.
Cheri Loughlin is a leading cocktail and photography resource for beverage companies, event planners, businesses and individuals. High resolution cocktail and beverage stock photography images are available in downloadable digital format in the newly redesigned Stock Photography Gallery at www.cheriloughlin.com.
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