Yesterday morning, Jen was catching up on her blog reading and asked me, “Have you ever heard of the Ruby Rye cocktail?” I said No, and she said one of the food bloggers she reads had a drink by that name at Gramercy Tavern or someplace. All the blogger said was that the drink had port. I googled and found next to nothing. But a drink called Ruby Rye has to also have rye in it, I’d hope, so I decided to wing it.
I have a couple of bottles of Sandeman’s port that I received last month for review. I didn’t mix with them at first because I wanted to sample them on their own. Jen and I always like to have port on hand for Christmas and New Year’s, and so the arrival of the Sandeman’s was very timely.
Anyway, I didn’t get anything together in time for the Sandeman chat at Thursday Drink Night, but I wanted to mix with it, and this was a good excuse. I figured I’d make it easy on myself, because I am at heart a lazy bastard. So I went with a Manhattan variation, swapping out the port for the vermouth. It’s tasty, although I think a spicier rye might be better in it. (I used Old Overholt.)
The Cocktail with No Name
- 2 oz. rye whiskey (I used Overholt)
- 1 oz. port (Sandeman Founders Reserve)
- 2 dashes orange bitters (Angostura)
- Lemon twist, for garnish (I left that out, but I think it’s the way to go)
Technique: Stir briskly over cracked ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Add garnish.
As if it matters, this photo’s actually my own. I figured I’d take a crack at the pretty picture-taking myself for once.