When the good folks at Knob Creek sent us a bottle of their small batch rye whiskey, we thought; "Gee, this stuff sure is good all by itself in a glass!" Alas, we are an organization that strives to bring you all the best in cocktails, so we got started mixing. A good rye doesn't need much to make it sing, so rather than muck it up with a bunch of juice and syrup, we kept it simple with a slightly minty take on an old classic.
We see hiptsers wincing down shot after shot of Fernet Branca alongside cans of PBR in what we can only assume is an attempt to be the coolest member of a hats and suspenders club? As much as we love Fernet, a little can go a long way, and its deep, complex flavors are sometimes best served in a supporting role to whiskey's leading man.
chilled martini glass
Shake all ingredients in cocktail shaker until shaker is frosty and strain into prepared glass. Do not garnish with a maraschino cherry as that will ruin the drink.