How about a rye whisky that is all three of Good, Fast, and Cheap? I tinker with this, and you can too so think of it as open source whiskey/whisky. Recipes for blending up your own whiskey are all over the internet, so as they say, “do your research” and then go to town. Spread the love.

After mixing, I cannot tell a difference between aging five minutes or one month. Your results may vary.


Started substituting Hunter’s Rye ($11ish) for the $25 Rittenhouse, i.e. save the nice Rittenhouse for your fancier drinks.

I like a simple recipe; the ingredients are Black Velvet (about $15ish/1750ml), Rittenhouse Rye 100 proof bottled-in-bond (about $25/750ml), Sandman Dry Sherry, Angostura Bitters, and Wright’s Hickory Liquid Smoke.

This is the batch I make to yield about three 750ml bottles to share with friends.

1750 ml Black Velvet
400 ml Hunter’s Rye
20 ml Sandman Dry Sherry
0.4 cc liquid smoke
3.0 cc bitters

If you want a smaller batch, try this. But note that the smaller measurements are slightly less accurate.

750 ml Black Velvet
170 ml Hunter’s Rye
1.5 teaspoon Sandman Dry Sherry
4 DROPS liquid smoke
1/4 teaspoon bitter

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