The funky, complex flavors of rye whiskey and balsamic vinegar give this rickey a strange and enticing kick. Old Overholt is called for here, but any decent rye whiskey such as Wild Turkey or Michter's will do.
- 2 ounces rye whiskey, such as Old Overholt
- 1/2 ounce brown sugar balsamic syrup (see NOTE)
- Juice of 1/2 medium lime (about 3/4 ounce)
- Ginger ale
- Club soda
- Lime wedge, for garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker two-thirds full with ice. Add the rye whiskey, syrup and lime juice. Shake well, then pour both liquid and ice into a highball glass. Top with equal parts ginger ale and club soda; use a bar spoon to agitate the drink. Garnish with the lime wedge.
NOTE: To make brown sugar balsamic syrup, combine 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar and 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar in a liquid measuring cup. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. (You'll have more than is called for in this recipe; cover tightly and refrigerate for up to 5 days.
From bartender Kathryn Bangs at the Tabard Inn in Washington.
Tested by Michael Taylor.
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