Alberta Distillers is challenging American consumers to rethink their rye cocktail interpretation with their new US release of Alberta Rye Dark Batch Whisky. Don’t be too intimidated, there’s nothing dark about it except maybe the color. Alberta Distillers layered the complexity with this combination of 91% rye, 8% bourbon, and 1% sherry. The complexity begins with the aging process: incorporating new charred American white oak and once-used American bourbon barrels, a dash of sherry, and Alberta Canada itself—an environment consisting of high altitude, desert-like humidity levels, and extreme seasonal and daily temperature changes. The additive honey, oak, vanilla, and savory dried fruit such as plum and blackcurrant flavors set this rye apart. Best in cocktails that highlight its distinctive flavors, Alberta Distillers offers mixologists, spirits connoisseurs, and whisky enthusiasts a chance to get creative (see below for an example cocktail). Reconsider your view on rye.

Rye Squeeze

1 ½ parts Alberta Rye Dark Batch Whisky
4-5 parts ginger beer
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 pressed orange wedge

Add all ingredients into a lowball glass, fill with ice, top with ginger beer, stir, and garnish with an orange wedge. Enjoy responsibly!

 Available for $29.99