It seems like cocktails always have some sort of a cute name or use a play on words.

I recently discovered Redemption High Rye and figured I could beat out a mixologist or cocktail waitress this time with my clever christening name game.

The New York High Rye was born.
(Do you get the play on words–high “rise”?)

Redemption, in its current high-rye bourbon guise (it used to be aged no less than 2 years), is clearly aiming to make the best of what they can with young whiskey. At this, they’re fairly successful.

It’s quite simple really. Just a combination of rye, sweet vermouth, fresh basil, and some super spectacular homemade bitters.

You can make it yourself in a New York minute.

The New York High Rye 

4 oz. Redemption High Rye Bourbon
1 oz. sweet vermouth
1 tsp. simple syrup
4 drops homemade Vanilla-Clove-Cacao Bitters
2 tsp. fresh basil, torn
2 Tbs. filtered ice melt

Combine the bourbon, vermouth, simple syrup, Vanilla-Clove-Cacao Bitters, basil, and filtered ice in a cocktail tumbler. Stir well until about 2 Tbs. of the ice melt has immersed into the alcohol. 
Strain with a cocktail strainer and then add the fresh basil back into the cocktail glass.
Serve up.


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