Cocktail of the week: World Cocktail Day

Cocktail of the week: World Cocktail Day

We couldn’t let World Cocktail Day pass without a whisky-based offering (or three)

13 May 2021

Today, we’re encouraging you to get creative with rye. The complexity of a fine single malt can’t be overlooked, but we believe there should always be space in the drinks cabinet for a rye or two. Whether you prefer yours neat or mixed, there’s a serve for everyone – starting with the recipes below…

Scofflaw Manhattan

First up, we have a cocktail that’s been dubbed ‘the cocktail for the traditionalist, with a summer twist’. Intrigued? So were we. This one from Sagamore Spirit tastes like sunny days in a glass – one for the long days ahead.


45 ml Sagamore Spirit Signature Rye Whiskey
45 ml Vermouth
2-4 dashes of Angostura Bitters
15 ml fresh Lemon Juice
15 ml Grenadine
Cocktail cherry and lemon slice, to garnish


Fill a mixing glass with ice, combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir for 10-15 seconds. Strain contents into a coupe glass, then garnish with the cocktail cherry and lemon slice.

The Churchill

This one's a smoky twist on the Old Fashioned from Catoctin Creek, named ‘The Churchill’. This recipe (courtesy of Jonathan Coate) incorporates Lapsang souchong, a tea that’s typically dried with pinewood, which imparts a delicious smokiness into the cocktail. As for the name? Winston Churchill reportedly enjoyed putting whisky in his tea.


30ml Roundstone Rye whiskey
1tsp loose-leaf Lapsang Souchong tea
15ml simple syrup
Dash of chocolate bitters
Brandied cocktail cherry, to garnish


For the Lapsang syrup

Using simmering simple syrup, steep the Lapsang souchong for approximately 10 minutes. Strain out the tea leaves and keep the syrup.

For the cocktail

Combine all remaining ingredients in a rocks glass with a big chunk of ice, and garnish with the cherry.

Sagamore Chai Tea Cocktail

Sweet and aromatic, this one’s a little more delicate, but not to be overlooked. This Chai tea cocktail from Sagamore Spirit perfectly combines the classic South Asian tea with rye whiskey, tropical pineapple, and cinnamon. Fresh, fruity, and delicious.


45 ml Sagamore Spirit Signature Rye Whiskey
30 ml fresh pineapple juice
30 ml lemon juice
90 ml Chai tea, chilled
15 ml cinnamon simple syrup


Combine all ingredients and serve over ice. Garnish the glass with cinnamon sugar for some extra sweetness.

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