A rye or Scotch-based drink?

Cocktail Colin says:

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I've found a rye-based cocktail that you might enjoy. It has a great rating and is a classic choice for rye whiskey lovers.
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You asked: Rye or Scotch-based cocktails?. We found 10 cocktails answering the question.

Perfect Manhattan

Slight variation on the typical Manhattan recipe. Rather than just sweet vermouth, there is an equal amount of dry vermouth.

Angostura Bitters (3-4 dash), Red vermouth (7.5ml), Rye Whiskey (45ml), White vermouth (7.5ml)

4 ingredients
4.8 / 5

Whisky and coke

Whisky and Coke, commonly referred to as a Whiskey Cola, is a classic highball cocktail that has garnered worldwide popularity...

Whiskey (60ml), Cola (Top up)

2 ingredients
4.7 / 5

Rusty Nail

The Rusty Nail is a classic cocktail that beautifully marries the honeyed, herbal sweetness of Drambuie with the rich, robust...

Drambuie (25ml), Whiskey (45ml)

2 ingredients
4.57 / 5

Rob Roy

The Rob Roy is a classic Scotch whisky cocktail akin to a Manhattan but distinguished by its use of Scotch...

Angostura Bitters (Dash), Red vermouth (25ml), Whiskey (45ml)

3 ingredients
4.56 / 5

The Scurvy Scot

Citrus can cure scurvy, a debilitating condition. Our ancient Scot sailor was suffering from this ailment and learned of the...

Lime juice (Half Teaspoon), Sugar (Half Tablespoon), Whiskey (90ml), Lime (Wedge )

4 ingredients
3.87 / 5

Rusty Screw

The rusty screw originates from exchanging the orange peel used in a Rusty Nail for orange liqueur. The Frangelico was...

Cointreau (15ml), Frangelico (15ml), Drambuie (30ml), Whiskey (30ml)

4 ingredients
3.82 / 5

Dirty Old Manhattan

I worked in hospitality for nearly 10 years and tried a lot of different cocktails. I had the fortune of...

Orange juice (7.5ml), Orange Bitters (Dash), Cherry Juice (Teaspoon), Red vermouth (22.5ml), Rye Whiskey (45ml)

5 ingredients
3.79 / 5

Rye & Ginger

The Rye & Ginger is a refreshing and straightforward cocktail that combines the spicy, fruity notes of rye whiskey with...

Ginger Ale (Top Up), Rye Whiskey (60ml)

2 ingredients
3.72 / 5

Scott Hall Shanty

The Scott Hall Shanty is a robust and powerful cocktail that combines the rich, deep flavors of brandy, dark rum,...

Brandy (60ml), Dark rum (60ml), Whiskey (60ml), Energy drink (240ml)

4 ingredients
3.72 / 5


The Swisky cocktail is a robust, spirit-forward mix that marries the rich, complex flavors of whiskey with the sweet, citrusy...

Whiskey (30ml), Triple Sec (30ml), Amaretto (30ml)

3 ingredients
3.65 / 5


We've collated some quick fire Q&A's on the question to help you find exactly what you're looking for.

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What is rye whiskey?

Rye whiskey is a type of whiskey made primarily from rye grain. It has a distinct, slightly spicy flavor that differentiates it from other types of whiskey.

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What are some common ingredients in rye whiskey cocktails?

Common ingredients in rye whiskey cocktails include bitters, vermouth, sugar, and citrus elements like lemon or orange.

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What is a classic way to serve rye whiskey?

A classic way to serve rye whiskey is over ice or in a traditional cocktail like a Manhattan, which includes vermouth and bitters.

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Is Scotch whiskey the same as rye whiskey?

No, Scotch whiskey is made primarily from malted barley and is typically distilled in Scotland, whereas rye whiskey is made from rye grain and can be produced in various locations, including the United States.

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Can rye whiskey be used in place of bourbon in cocktails?

Yes, rye whiskey can be used in place of bourbon in cocktails, but it will impart a spicier and less sweet flavor compared to the smoother, sweeter profile of bourbon.

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