Rye and Grenadine Cocktails

Today I decided to try a couple cocktails that call for rye and grenadine. No reason, just seemed like an interesting combination. I used Russell Rye, which is good stuff.

The first cocktail has several names on Internet Cocktail Database: Old Pal, Oppenheim, Opening. It's pretty simple whatever it's called: 1 1/2 oz rye, 1/2 oz sweet vermouth (I use Noilly Pratt), and 1/2 oz grenadine. Shake on ice and strain.

This cocktail seemed bland on first sip. As I kept sipping, it grew on me and the sweetness of the grenadine came through. I'm not a big maraschino cherry fan, but this almost cries out for one. Maybe soak it in bourbon first.

The second cocktail is the Creole Lady: 1 1/4 oz rye, 1 1/4 oz Madeira (I used Sandman), and 1/4 oz grenadine. Shake on ice and strain.

Great flavors working together. If you substituted sweet vermouth for the grenadine and a few dashes of bitters, you'd have an interesting Manhattan variant. And that damn cherry again.