Summer Lemon Rye Cocktail

It’s Saturday afternoon and the sun is coming out in full strength, and did I mention that you’re throwing a cocktail party! You need something to cool your guests off and melt away the summer sun. Now you may not think of Rye as being refreshing, but pair that with a little lemon syrup, seltzer water and a lemon peel and you’ll change your tune.

Rye to me is like an unsweetened bourbon, it’s a little rough around the edges, but I like it that way. That’s why I chose to make this cocktail with Rye, because once you add the lemon syrup it balances out. If you where to use a bourbon, it most likely would be too sweet. If bourbon is all you have just cut the sweetness with extra seltzer.

Earlier this week we made candied lemon peels for a tart and had leftover syrup. Use it here to make this cocktail.

Summer Lemon Rye



  1. Combine lemon syrup and rye in glass, stir.
  2. Top with seltzer.


June 18, 2013