Uncle Nearest’s Rye Smash Hits all the Right Notes

Uncle Nearest Rye Smash
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A sweltering summer calls for a refreshing sip. Enjoy your favorite rye with a bit of the seasons freshest fruit.

With a palate of light vanilla cream and caramelized sugar, we think Uncle Nearest Straight Rye is a solid choice for this summertime cocktail. But any good cocktail is best enjoyed with your favorite spirit, of course.


2 oz Uncle Nearest Straight Rye (or Rye of choice)

3 lemon wedges 

6 mint leaves 

0.5-0.75 oz simple syrup 

Seasonal fruit 

Directions: Combine lemon wedges, mint leaves, simple syrup and seasonal fruit in a shaker. Muddle gently to release juice and oils. Add Uncle Nearest Straight Rye and ice. Shave for 8-10 seconds. Double strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a sprig.

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