The Utah DABC State Stores have a pleasant surprise this month for lovers of Rye Whiskey and Rye Whiskey cocktails. Whether you love a great, old-style cocktail like the Sazerac (pictured) or the Manhattan, or a relatively new cocktail like the Rimshot, you’ll want to get yourself down to your favorite outlet store to pick up a bottle (or two or three) of (ri)1 Rye Whiskey that has been put on clearance this month (March 2010) for little more than half ($24.30) of its normal price ($44.99). Now that’s a deal. Sometimes items go on clearance, but are still sold in the system later on. The bad news this time is that (ri)1 has been coded “D” for Discontinued… a bad sign. We can only wait and see, but if you’re a fan of (ri)1
It’s never a waste of time to download the sale book to see what’s marked down during the current month. (You can also download the price spreadsheet, but that’s a topic for another post.) Every once in a while you can find a great bargain like (ri)1
1 tsp bar sugar or simple syrup
3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters (or substitute Angostura)
½ tsp. Absinthe (or other anise-based liqueur like Pernod, Ricard, etc.)
Chill an old-fashioned glass in the freezer. Put the sugar or syrup in a mixing glass; add the bitters (and a couple of drops of water, if using sugar), and stir until you have a smooth liquid. Add the whiskey and some ice cubes and stir briskly for at least 30 seconds. Retrieve the chilled glass and add the Absinthe; roll the glass to coat the inside with Absinthe and dump (or drink) the excess. Strain the whiskey mixture into the prepared glass; twist the piece of lemon peel over the glass, rub it once around the rim, and drop it in.