Rusty Automaton

1 12 oz Rye, Rittenhouse 100
16 oz Bourbon, Buffalo Trace
2 ds Bitters, Bittermens Xocolatl Mole
12 oz Cherry Liqueur, Cherry Heering
1 twst Orange peel (Garnish)
Throw. Strain over fresh rocks in a double old fashioned. Garnish
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  • Made with Evan Williams. Pretty well balanced, but the flavor combo isn't as exciting as I anticipated. — ☆☆☆
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mahastew's picture



Tasty - just the thing after

Tasty - just the thing after a steampunk convention. I got a taste of coconut from somewhere.

Watching one of my favourite barmen make this, I suspect 'throw' means pour from one glass/shaker to another a couple of times.

Jonny's picture

Glad you enjoyed it. Yes, you

Glad you enjoyed it. Yes, you are right re: "throw" I think some people use "roll" too?? Guess it's the halfway point between stirring or shaking.

I love a good bourbor or rye

I love a good bourbon or rye drink, and this one is very drinkable. It's a good "after work but before dinner" drink. And it's one that is great in the evening after dinner. I'm not sure why the small amount of bourbon--maybe just to appease bourbon drinkers. Regardless, it's a great drink and one that deserves to become a favorite across the U.S.

Addendum: It's several months later, and I decided to try the "Rusty Automaton" again--only now with a little more Bourbon. This time I added 1/4 oz of Jim Beam black label. If my memory is correct, the drink is a tad better with a tad more Bourbon. As much as I enjoy Bourbon, I believe more than !/4 oz Bourbon is asking for trouble. Right now, both the Rye and the Bourbon come through; but with a greater amount of Bourbon, the rye's taste would be compromised. Originally I rated this cocktail at 4.0, but with the small increase in Bourbon (from 1/6 oz to 1/4 oz), I now rate the "Rusty Automaton" at 4.5. Enjoy this and other cocktails, but drink responsibly.