Waaaaay back in August of 2014 we kicked off this adventure we call 3st of the Month with a little more than 200 friends on the 3rd floor of Acme Feed & Seed in downtown Nashville. We had a loose 'anything goes' theme of "Booze 101" and had about 12 different tables of products.
One of those first tables belonged to a new local product, Pennington's Strawberry Rye Whiskey. It's got the spice of a great rye whiskey, but with natural strawberry flavors. It was a hit.
But here we are one year later getting ready for our big anniversary party (and we're heading back to Acme), and we're not the only ones that have been busy this year. Pennington's is coming back with not one - but two - new flavors! Just like the original Strawberry Rye, their new Vanilla Rye and Peach Apricot Rye have the spice you expect from rye whiskey, but with natural flavors that make them a blast for creating cocktails... and they're pretty good in shots. Even better, though they are sweetened, they have just enough sugar to make them go down easy (about half the sugar of that 'sphere of flame' cinnamon whiskey).
For this one, we're playing around with the new Vanilla Rye. And it's soooo good!
2 oz Pennington's Vanilla Rye Whiskey
1 dash black walnut bitters
slice of orange
This is an easy one - you can just build it in the glass! Start with a large cube of ice if you've got it. If you don't, that's fine. Just use a few regular cubes. Add in the booze and the bitters and stir it around for a minute or two to water things down a bit and toss in the orange slice before serving.