New York Distilling Company Mister Katz's Rock & Rye

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Allen Katz, a founder of the New York Distilling Company, is bringing back the Rock & Rye! As the New York Times reports: 'For centuries, the phrase 'doctor’s orders' has been invoked — with a rakish grin and a wink — as a handy excuse for downing spirits. Few liquors have benefited from this dodge more than rock and rye. A blend of rye whiskey and rock candy syrup, with an array of citrus and other flavors typically thrown in, rock and rye was a barroom staple for much of the latter 19th century, often taken for 'what ails you.' But it all but vanished after Prohibition, save for a few bottom-shelf brands.

This distinctly American liqueur is back, in a small way, with some added cachet. Robert Cooper, the liquor entrepreneur who gave the world the elderflower liqueur St. Germain, released Slow & Low rock and rye in 2012; today it is available nationwide. And New York Distilling Company in Brooklyn recently released its long-in-development Mister Katz’s Rock & Rye. Allen Katz said the product 'fits in very neatly into our unwritten philosophy of making spirits that are purposefully different.' (The brand name refers not just to Mr. Katz, but also to his father and grandfather, who was a rock and rye drinker.)'

So who will be drinking Rock & Rye today? Cooper says that Rock and rye is for 'people that have an evolved palate, that want no hassles. They don’t want to have to stir a cocktail, don’t want to necessarily invest in really expensive pure whiskey.' Rock and rye is often described as tasting like an Old-Fashioned --- all ready in the bottle, just chill!
Category Rye
Country United States
Region New York
Brand New York Distilling Company
Alcohol/vol 32.5%