Whiskey can get a bad rap during the warm months, when folks might not be excited about hitting the brown spirits due to the heat. Well, you should get over that aversion when you see the temperatures are creeping up – as long as your rye is mixed into a good cocktail, it can actually be quite refreshing. Knob Creek is releasing a new Rye label this July, and while the entire US food and beverage world was recently in Aspen for the Food & Wine Classic, the label got Michael Symon to whip up a tasty cocktail to showcase their spirit. The recipe for his Rye & Orange Tumbler is below – we think this one will win some converts if you serve it at your next barbecue.
KNOB CREEK RYE & ORANGE TUMBLER
1 1/2 PARTS KNOB CREEK RYE
1 PART CLUB SODA
1/2 PART SUGAR
1/2 ROSEMARY SPRIG
To Serve: 1. Muddle the orange, rosemary and sugar thoroughly in the bottom of a shaker. 2. Combine with Knob Creek Rye, add ice and shake vigorously. 3. Strain over ice and float with club soda.