(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.ri1 and the Elusive Heering - photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

(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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(ri)1 & the Elusive Heering