I wanted something that would bring out the flavor of the rye, be easy to drink, and preferably use in-season produce, and I found all that and more in the Easterner. The drink uses freshly squeezed grapefruit juice for tartness, and maple syrup and grenadine for smoothness. For optimal flavor, use your own grenadine; I tried it with both store-bought and homemade syrups, and the homemade won by a long shot. Kick your evening up a notch, after the jump.
2 ounces (1/4 cup) fresh grapefruit juice
1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) rye whiskey
1/2 teaspoon pure maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons grenadine
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes, then add all ingredients and shake 15 seconds.
- Strain into a Martini glass.
- Drinks, Cocktails