Made From: Rock Candy & Rye
Produced By: CHAS. JACQUIN et CIE CO.
Origin: Philadelphia, Pa. U.S.A.
Proof: 54
Age: -
Importer: Made In The U.S.A.
Location: Philadelphia, Pa.

In the late 19th and early 20th century, Rock & Rye was something almost any bar carried, and most made their own, often as a way to make some rather rustic whiskey more approachable. The classic recipe is rye sweetened with rock candy, sometimes also ginger and/or citrus peels, essentially an Old Fashioned cocktail-in-a-bottle. Theoretically, all it needs is a couple of dashes of bitters and a twist to complete it. Since rye had a hard time coming back after Prohibition, if a bar carried it at all after that, it was likely a manufactured bottled bastardization of the stuff (for nostalgic purposes?), neither “rye” nor “rock.” It was something that was as much to rye whiskey as Tang is to orange juice.

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