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Never keep a man from his rye, especially when he has a gun.

 Day 17, Cocktail 17 

Today has been one of those beastly days that makes me really appreciate a good, boozy (thanks again Chad for that descriptor) cocktail to unwind.  In the past my choice for tonight would have been made without even thinking – a very dry Bombay martini.  But, since it is Maraschino week and since I have grown very fond of rye whiskey and since I happen to have a bottle of both down in the Twilight Lounge, well, the choice today was actually pretty easy. 

As you look over the ingredients it may seem to be a rye manhattan on steriods.  While partially true, the taste is very un-Manhattan as the lemon juice and Maraschino combine provide a nice fruity overtone.  The sweet vermouth helps cut the tartness of the lemon and provide structure while the rye is the foundation for this drink.  While I believe this exact recipe to be an original, I was inspired by Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge where they serve up a number of outstanding rye cocktails.  

  Cherry Russell 

  • 2 oz Russell’s Reserve Rye
  • 3/8 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
  • 1/4 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1/4 oz lemon juice
  • 2 dashes Agnosturo bitters


Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice.  Shake, shake, shake (your booty) until frosty cold.  Pour into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with a healthy slice of lemon peel and enjoy!  It’s my second favorite civilized day to end an uncivilized day.  Gregory, put down that gun and come and enjoy your cocktail! 



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