Rock and Rye Cocktail

Rock and Rye Cocktail

This Rock and Rye Cocktail started out as a medicine remedy in the early 20th century. Do you have any ails that need healing?
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 12 oz rye whiskey
  • 4 oz rock candy
  • 2 oz maraschino cherry juice
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • Maraschino cherries, for garnish


  • Stir together rye whiskey, rock candy, cherry juice, cloves, star anise, and cinnamon and pour into a glass jar. Top with a lid and let steep at room temperature for 5 days.
  • To serve pour the Rock and Rye into an iced glass. Add orange slices and cherries for garnish.


This recipe was originally a medicine in the early 20th century. While it might not have as many medicinal purposes today, it's still a fun drink to sip.
You can buy rock candy at a candy store or online. You can always substitute sugar cubes if needed.

Perfect Pairing

Serve this Rock and Rye with Zesty Salmon Fritters.
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