It’s International Whiskey Day and that’s cause to celebrate! Whether you’re cracking open a special bottle you’ve been saving or looking for the perfect cocktail to make for your friends during happy hour, we’ve got a spirits-forward recipe that celebrates the richness of whiskey.

The ModernThirst New York Minute

This cocktail is made with Sagamore Spirit Cask Strength Rye Whiskey. It’s fantastic neat, and here’s how it fares:

  • Aroma: Full-bodied with notes of dark chocolate
  • Palate: Surprising flavors of honeysuckle and citrus with a touch of caramel
  • Color: Deep chestnut
  • Finish: Bold — with black pepper and vanilla
  • Proof: 113.6

I knew I wanted to go with a strong, rich and sweet cocktail that could stand up to rich, deep flavors of this high-proof rye. I’m a sucker for a classic, no-nonsense cocktail when I have a quality whiskey, so I thought a Manhattan made sense.

The Manhattan recipe is easy to remember. You just have to recall “2-1-2,” which just so happens to be the area code of Manhattan. That translates to 2 oz rye, 1 oz sweet vermouth, and 2 dashes Angostura bitters.

I also wanted something to complement the unique flavors of this rye, so I felt a Brooklyn cocktail (which is a nice riff on a Manhattan, incorporating maraschino liqueur and Amer Picon) would fit the bill. The cherry undertones of the cocktail would pair well with the dark chocolate and vanilla flavors of the whiskey.

I settled on a combination, which I’ve dubbed The ModernThirst New York Minute — a name that not only celebrates the two boroughs that inspired it but also indicates how quickly you might drink this cocktail…because it’s that smooth.

The final concoction is very sweet, so if you’re in the mood for a more balanced drink, I would recommend going with dry vermouth or just reducing the amount of vermouth you add.

Here’s the recipe. Cheers!

Recipe: The ModernThirst New York Minute


  • 2 oz Sagamore Spirit Cask Strength Rye Whiskey
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1/3 oz maraschino liqueur (I used Cristiani)
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Cherries
  • Lemon


Stir all ingredients together in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a martini or coupe glass and serve with cherries and a lemon twist. Be sure to express the lemon and line the rim of the glass with it before serving for an extra tang. Enjoy!

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Krissy is a freelance writer and content marketer hailing from Louisville, Kentucky. She graduated from Centre College in 2014 and worked as a marketing manager for a nonprofit before pursuing writing full-time. She has a passion for all things bourbon-related and loves developing recipes and frequenting new restaurants. Follow her on Instagram @krissyraque or email her at

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