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Recommended liquor: So that you can start mixing your cocktails as soon as your box arrives, why not go get your bottle of rye now? Each of this month's featured bartenders has a recommendation for you! Any of them will work well for all three recipes found in this box, depending on your preference:
Cari's recommendation is Jack Daniel's Tennessee Rye. This is a brand-new product from the well-known brand and it's absolutely delicious. The spicy character of rye whiskey definitely comes through, which allows it to hold its own when mixed in these cocktails. Jack Daniel's rye whiskey is charcoal filtered and has incredibly smooth edges and a beautiful roundness that work incredibly well with the flavors in this box.
Spencer suggests using Old Overholt Rye for its accessibility and bold flavors. The spice and lemon pepper with a hint of sweetness really pair well with this month's recipes.
Brenda recommends Rittenhouse Rye—a longtime bartender’s classic go-to for rye-based drinks that she absolutely loves. It has a high enough proof to stand up to other flavors while still maintaining a pleasant aroma of dried fruits and toffee, as well as a rich taste of cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and maple-like spice finish.
Recommended amount: To make all 12 drinks, you'll need 22 oz of rye whiskey; a medium (750 ml) bottle will be your best bet.
Recommended barware: A few different jiggers that measure 1/4, 3/4, 1, 1 1/2 and 2 oz, as well as a strainer, shaker, bar spoon, mixing glass, fine strainer, and citrus reamer or juicer. These are not all strictly necessary, but will improve your mixology experience.
Recommended glassware: Rocks glass, double rocks glass, and coupe
Recommended ice: To make all 12 cocktails in one go, you'll need about 4 pounds of ice (4 ice trays’ worth).
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