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How to make Rock and Rye Whiskey

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Rock and Rye

Rock and Rye

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Rock and Rye whiskey is simply a combination of rye whiskey and rock sugar candy that have been combined. Oftentimes, Rock and Rye is sold commercially, but it is exceptionally easy to make at home and is a far superior product to commercial packaged options. Using a good rye whiskey is essential, Wild Turkey, Jim Beam and Rittenhouse rye whiskies would all be great choices. The rock candy cuts the spice notes of the rye whiskey, creating a softer, more elegant whiskey that can easily be sipped on the rocks or mixed in to your favorite cocktail. Try this in a Tom Collins cocktail for a refreshingly simple variation.

Yield: 1 bottle Rock and Rye whiskey


  • 1 750ml bottle of good rye whiskey
  • 6 oz rock candy
  • orange slices (optional)
  • maraschino cherries (optional)
  • lemon slices (optional)


  1. In a large, nonreactive container, add whiskey and rock candy.
  2. Add fruit slices if desired.
  3. Allow to steep for at least one week in a cool, dry place.
  4. The longer the rock candy sits in the whiskey, the more the flavors will begin to meld.
  5. Serve in your favorite cocktail or on its own.
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And First You Must Know What You Are Talking About, Member Captain_Easy

Yes, Jim Beam produces Bourbon. And yes, Wild Turkey is a well-known brand of Bourbon available both 80 proof and 101 proof. HOWEVER, both Jim Beam and Wild Turkey ALSO bottle STRAIGHT RYE WHISKEYS! I know because I have and still do purchase all five of these products.

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