Earlier this month we heard whisky expert Jim Murray on the radio talking about the best whiskies in the world today, a surprising number of which are made outside of Scotland. He mentioned in passing that we in Canada have one of the top whiskies in the world that we can buy in plastic bottles, very affordably, and it isn’t available anywhere else because we simply don’t market it! He was referring to Alberta Premium rye whisky. I hadn’t bought a bottle in awhile (I was enjoying their Dark Horse rye instead) but in honour of this recognition I did so, and it is super smooth in this tasty end of fall cocktail. It’s a 100% rye, which is a rarity among Canadian whisky these days, even though they are pretty much all referred to as ryes informally.
1 1/2 oz rye whisky (Alberta Premium preferred)
2 oz cranberry juice
1/2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice, fine strained
Generous dash cranberry bitters