Behold the Rye Sidre

The Rye Sidre stands out as somewhat of an unusual cocktail just by its very title! So what is this strangely christened beverage?

A mild and pleasant surprise imbued with the secrets of a monastery located in a remote French chateau and the softness of bourbon-- that’s the Rye Sidre for you. The unique mixing and layering style of this drink spills into its taste profile, which starts on a light, playful note, then giving way to a bold effervescence before culminating in a richly aromatic finish. Easy to make and easy on your tastebuds, Rye Sidre is complex enough to keep you and your guests sipping to the end.

Although it is recommended that you use a rye whiskey for the concoction, any other whisky works just as well. For a bit of the bite that is characteristic among rye whiskies, a spicy, peaty scotch such as Aberlour makes for an excellent option. Another key ingredient that gives it its name is the dry cider. If you cannot find the brand used in this recipe, try a similar kind with about 7% ABV.

Chartreuse is a phenomenally versatile liqueur, and comes in yellow and green. Although it is hard to find a substitute that is at par with it, Strega or Benedectine liqueurs come quite close.

The Process

Mix 15 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice, 2 dashes orange bitters and 30 ml of your favourite whisky, preferably rye, or even bourbon in a wine glass or copper drinking cup. Add some crushed ice and give it a good stir. Once they are mixed well, add some more of the crushed ice and 120 ml of Eric Bordelet Sidre Tendre. Cap it with some more ice and then top it off with 15 ml of Yellow Chartreuse. Insert a large sipping straw into the glass, and your sophisticated tipple is ready for consumption!


Celebrate St. Patrick's Day With this Special Irish Fondue

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to pull up our sleeves and bring out the whiskey bottles! Today, the celebration of Ireland’s legacy goes beyond traditional religious feasts. Dances, parades, exotic dishes, and, of course, a lot of alcohol fill the air with merriment. A great way to celebrate this Irish tradition is to give in to your weakness for a well-rounded glass of liquor, is a party planned around Irish whiskey. Dating back to the 12th century, and once the most popular spirit in the world, Irish whiskey witnessed a decline in popularity during the 19th century – the number of distilleries dropped from 30 to just 3. But, the market has regained momentum in the last 20 years, with exports growing at 15% annually. What better occasion to mark the resurgence of Irish whiskey than to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? While whiskey is often the drink to enjoy in solitude, the vibrancy and complexity of its flavors only grows when shared. Fondue, though French in origin, is the definitive communal, ‘party’ food. So, here’s how to put an Irish spin on this cheesy classic. This recipe will serve 4 moderately hungry people, or 2 ravenous individuals.

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Soda Highball with Royal Stag

Perhaps the simplest, and the most no-nonsense whiskey cocktail to have ever been invented, the Soda Highball is the perfect example of ‘why fix what isn’t broken?’ Minimal as can be, the Soda Highball is a favourite among seasoned whisky lovers looking to spice things up for a special occasion without compromising the sanctity of their beloved whisky. The origins of the Soda Highball whisky cocktail can be traced back to the most commonly used mixer with Scotch whisky, forming the two-part legend in the whisky world simply known as ‘Scotch and Soda’. But it wasn’t just Scotch that could be enjoyed by adding a generous splash of soda, ice and perhaps a cherry for garnish. For a more suitable substitute, you need to look no further than one of India’s most revolutionary and bestselling whisky brands, Royal Stag. A blend of imported Scotch malts with fine Indian grain spirits and no artificial colouring whatsoever, Royal Stag is the quintessential Indian whisky for the whisky drinker who loves a smooth drink that packs a punch.

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