Don't Miss These Rye Week Recipes: The Anarchist & Kings of Manhattan

If you haven’t secured an invitation to Rye Week’s Pastrami on Rye, no amount of pumpkin creamed anythings is going to make up for the fact you’re missing out on the chance to drink a bit of New York State history in a glass. While it’s fun to put a modern spin on Fall’s best beverages, Pastrami on Rye is about reminding people of a time when people’s tastebuds weren’t determined by what they saw on Instagram. That time was pre-prohibition, when rye was the grain of choice for New Yorkers and pretty much any settlers who were living in the colonies that time. From flour to beer to whiskey, rye was everywhere, but

Rye Cocktail Recipes Adapted Courtesy of Pastrami on Rye Founder Jimmy Carbone and NY Distilling’s Master Distiller Allen Katz.

The Anarchist (Courtesy Jimmy Carbone)

Ever hear of a cocktail called The Godfather? It’s made with scotch and amaretto, usually Disaronno because that’s the one most liquor stores stock when it comes to almond flavored liquers. If that still doesn’t ring a bell, watch the video above for Disaronno’s catchphrase so will never leave your brain. Also, conventional bartender wisdom says a proper cocktail has at least three ingredients so big SPOILER ALERT: Disaronno on the rocks is not technically a cocktail, it’s a mixed drink.

Right, now that we’ve cleared that up, the Anarchist substitutes rye for scotch for a drink that’s just as easy to make but with a bit more kick..like the ending of the actual Godfather movie.

Ingredients

2.oz Rye Whiskey

1/4 oz. Amaretto

Tray of Ice Cubes

Mixing Glass

Swizzle Stick

Rocks Glass

Steps You Need to Take To Turn This Into a Drink

Fill up a mixing glass two-thirds of the way with ice cubes. Add rye and amaretto. Stir until the mixture is chilled. Strain into a rocks glass. Put on the Sex Pistols Anarchy in the UK and you now have yourself an exciting pre-game ahead of you.

Kings of Manhattan Courtesy Allen Katz and NY Distilling Co.

Ingredients

2 oz. NY Distilling’s Ragtime Rye

1/2 oz. Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth

1/2 oz Punt e Mes (An Italian Vermouth known for being half bitter and half sweet)

A dash of Angostura Bitters

A dash of Regan’s Orange Bitters

Tray of Ice Cubes

Mixing Glass

Swizzle Stick

Rocks Glass

Kings of Manhattan, a drink that makes you feel like it sounds. Photo:  NY Distilling Co.

Kings of Manhattan, a drink that makes you feel like it sounds. Photo: NY Distilling Co.

Steps You Need to Take To Turn This Into a Drink

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass that’s been filled two thirds of the way with ice until the mixture is chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, which you can make by simply putting a cocktail glass in your freezer but not near the meat or fish you’ve been keeping in there for months. Garnish glass with a brandied cherry on a toothpick or break all the rules and just drop the brandied cherry right into the glass. Otherwise you might be walking around with a toothpick all night. Here’s a reenactment of what could happen courtesy of Larry David, who we also think would love Rye on Pastrami but would obviously have some constructive criticism.

Billy Lyons