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4 Yummy Rye Desserts To Keep Your Taste Buds Happy This Winter

Rye isn’t usually the first ingredient people think of when it comes to tasty desserts, but pairing this ultra healthy grain with delicious ingredients like chocolate creates a whole new world of flavor.

These 4 rye desserts will keep your taste buds happy while providing your body with much needed vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants to keep you healthy throughout the winter months.

1. Whiskey and Rye Chocolate Chip Cookies

Source: bon appetit


A new twist on the beloved chocolate chip cookie. Use rye whiskey instead of bourbon to really bring out the flavor of the rye flour.

Makes: 16 cookies


  • 1/2 cup rye flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½  cups chocolate wafers
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ sticks  unsalted butter, plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

Get the full recipe here.

2. Rye and Pear Muffins With Dark Chocolate

Source: Isabelle Boucher


No time for breakfast? Start your morning off with these delicious muffins! Sweet and nutty, these little babies will give you something to look forward to when you roll out of bed.

Makes: 12 muffins


  • 1 cup rye flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 medium pears, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate
  • 1/4 cup cocoa nibs (optional)

Check out the full recipe here.

3. Fudgy Hazelnut Rye Brownies

Source: Megan Gordon


If you’re craving chocolate, these gooey brownies may be just what you need. The mixture of chocolate and coffee is spectacular, and these sweet treats go great with a hot cup of joe or tea.

Makes: 12 brownies


  • 1 cup rye flour
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 pound dark chocolate
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup natural cane sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup hazelnuts (optional)

You can view the full recipe here.

Bonus Dessert

This recipe doesn’t include rye flour, but it does use rye whiskey. Yum!

Manhattan Cocktail Truffles

Source: Erin Phraner


If you love Manhattan cocktails, you will adore these scrumptious truffles. Rye whiskey, chocolate, cherries – what more could you want in a dessert?

Makes: About 20 truffles


  • 3 tablespoons rye whiskey
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon, plus 2 teaspoons sweet vermouth
  • 18-20 maraschino cherries, stem removed

Optional Ingredients:

  • 6 dashes angostura bitters
  • Cocoa powder

Click here for the full recipe.

Looking for whiskey cocktails to pair with your scrumptious rye desserts? Check out Brooks Grains favorite recipes.

Rye is a truly underrated grain, often considered suited only for those of lower class.  Not here at Brooks Grain.  As your rye grain company of choice, we’d like to give you four compelling reasons why rye is fit not only for all societal classes, but rye is a grain fit for a king.  It’s heartiness and strong flavor is a force to be reckoned with, but that only elevates it’s status as king grain.  As experts in the rye grain industry, we should know.  Without further adieu:


4 Fun Facts About Rye from Your Favorite Rye Grain Company

1. Rye is incredibly healthy

Need some soluble fiber, vitamin E, calcium, iron, and potassium in your diet?  Yes, you do.  Rye has all of this and more:  cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, breast cancer, and diabetes all quake at the notion of rye consumption.  We’re assuming that’s what happens when rye is linked to a reduction in these diseases at least.


2. Rye is the answer to your diet woes

Being rich in carbohydrates, rye makes you feel full more quickly.  This theoretically leads to weight loss since a full belly passes over that second piece of cake…theoretically.


3. Rye is a green grain

It’s not green in color.  But it is environmentally friendly.  As a winter cover crop, rye’s deep roots capture nutrients, increase the health of the soil, prevent soil erosion, and rye even helps prevent weed growth sans herbicides.  Win-win.


4. Rye is versatile

Whether you’re consuming rye in alcohol form (whiskey, vodka, gin), baked goods, or boiling the berries whole to add to a salad, there’s no disputing the versatility of this grain.  Rye is also used to feed to livestock.  It’s a nutritious snack for the whole family!

We hope you’re thoroughly convinced by now that rye is a grain fit for a king.  If not, we’ll be over here sipping on some rye grain whiskey and knowing you’ll come to your senses with time and maybe a call to your premier rye grain company, Brooks Grain.  Until next time, cheers!





The holidays have arrived, and while this is a festive time of year, it doesn’t come without its stressors. From awkward family dinners to last minute shopping, there’s nothing like relaxing with a delicious whiskey cocktail to get you through the holidays.

Here are 5 whiskey drinks you can share with family and friends this year to bring holiday cheer.

1. Bourbon Punch #1

Source: The Domestic Mixologist

Cranberries, orange juice, and bourbon create the perfect blend of tangy and sweet in this tasty punch.


What you need:

  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 1 1/2 cups cranberry juice
  • 2 ounces fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 4 ounces Cointreau
  • 1 cup club soda
  • 2 ounces ginger-lime syrup
  • Fresh cranberries and orange slices for garnish

You can view the full recipe here.

2. Spiked Mulled Cider

Source: Lynsey Loves Food

A twist on traditional hot cider, this spiked cocktail is winter in a cup.

What you need:

  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 4 clove
  • 1 orange peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 ginger
  • 8 ounces rye whiskey

View the full recipe here.

3. Hot Chocolate With Cinnamon and Whisky

Source: A Brown Table

Get cozy by the fire and warm up with this delectable whisky infused hot chocolate.


What you need:

  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup whisky
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Marshmallows and peppermint sticks for garnish

Check out the full recipe here.

4. Best Eggnog


There’s nothing better than eggnog to get you and your guests into the holiday spirit. This rich drink may be loaded with calories, but it’s worth every sinful sip.

What you need:

  • 12 large egg yolks
  • 1 liter bourbon
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 3/4 cup cognac (or brandy)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup dark rum
  • 12 egg whites
  • 1 pinch fine salt
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • Grated nutmeg

View the recipe in its entirety here.

5. Maple Bourbon Coffee

Source: Busy Being Jennifer

This boozy coffee will have you looking forward to Christmas morning. Sweet and acidic, it’s the perfect addition to Christmas morning.


What you need:

  • 8 ounces coffee
  • 1 ounce bourbon
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup whipping cream

View the full recipe here.

Need more whiskey to get you through the holidays? Check out Brooks Grain’s favorite recipes here.

Orange Manhattan

Christmas Burwell Manhattan

These are great…actually one of the house fav’s.

Here is what you will need

  • cocktail shaker
  • ice
  • dash of sweet vermouth
  • 1.5 oz bourbon whiskey
  • 1.5 oz Cointreau
  • dash orange bitters
  • dash maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 maraschino cherry, to garnish – well, make it 2

Mitch Morgan


The Mitch Morgan

-One shot of bourbon;

-One-half slice of cooked bacon;

-Combine ingredients, enjoy.

Yep.  That’s it.  The smoky bacon pairs wonderfully with the wood in the bourbon and makes a delicious garnish, and its fat cuts the bite of the alcohol with ease.  Put them together and you’ve found the perfect way to stay warm this winter.

The drink originates from Telluride, Colorado, specifically a BBQ and Bourbon joint called “Oak…The New Fat Alley.”  Telluride makes sense for this cocktails’ birthplace: know for cold, snow and mountains, the one-time silver mining camp has emerged as a destination ski resort town.  The Mitch Morgan speaks to the town’s hardscrabble roots (it’s easy to see a drink like this counting as breakfast for a miner) and it’s foodie/ski resort present.

One thing, however, is certain: The Mitch Morgan will warm your belly and put a smile on your face at the same time.  Time to stock up on ingredients before the snow cuts you off from the store.

Mint Julep

Mint julep

4 cups bourbon
2 bunches fresh spearmint
1 cup distilled water
1 cup granulated sugar
Powdered sugar

To prepare mint extract, remove about 40 small mint leaves. Wash and place in a small bowl. Cover with 3 ounces bourbon. Allow the leaves to soak for 15 minutes. Then gather the leaves in paper toweling. Thoroughly wring the mint over the bowl of whisky. Dip the bundle again and repeat the process several times.

To prepare simple syrup, mix 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1 cup of distilled water in a small saucepan. Heat to dissolve sugar. Stir constantly so the sugar does not burn. Set aside to cool.

To prepare mint julep mixture, pour 3 1/2 cups of bourbon into a large glass bowl or glass pitcher. Add 1 cup of the simple syrup to the bourbon.

Now begin adding the mint extract 1 tablespoon at a time to the julep mixture. Each batch of mint extract is different, so you must taste and smell after each tablespoon is added. You are looking for a soft mint aroma and taste-generally about 3 tablespoons. When you think it’s right, pour the whole mixture back into the empty liter bottle and refrigerate it for at least 24 hours to “marry” the flavors.

To serve the julep, fill each glass (preferably a silver mint julep cup) 1/2 full with shaved ice. Insert a spring of mint and then pack in more ice to about 1-inch over the top of the cup. Then, insert a straw that has been cut to 1-inch above the top of the cup so the nose is forced close to the mint when sipping the julep.

When frost forms on the cup, pour the refrigerated julep mixture over the ice and add a sprinkle of powdered sugar to the top of the ice.

Serve immediately.

Manhattan Italiano

Manhattan Italiano

2 ounces bourbon reserve
1/2 once Tuaca
1/2 ounce triple sec
6 dashes of Orange bitters
1/2 ounce of white sweet vermouth


Dark and Bloody Bourbon Mary

Bloody Mary

Dark and Bloody Bourbon Mary

1 teaspoon salt / pepper / paprika mix
2 ounces Kentucky Bourbon
2 large lemon wedges
1 tablespoon Bourbon Barrel Aged Worcestershire Sauce
1 can (6 ounces) campbell’s tomato juice

Blackberry Soda


Blackberry Soda

1.5 oz Ole Smokey Blackberry Moonshine
top off with soda water on ice

Rye Rocks

Rye Rocks

Locate your favorite whiskey glass
add ice
pour Rye


Bourbon Iced Tea

Rye Iced Tea
  • 3 cups fresh blackberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, plus mint sprigs for garnish
  • 6 good-quality black tea bags

Good-quality bourbon

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Bourbon Burger

Rye Burger

Burger Patties and Cheese:
30 ounces ground chuck (20 percent fat)
2 1/2 tablespoons bourbon (recommended: Bulleit brand)
1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/4 teaspoons dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/4 teaspoons table salt
30 grinds fresh black pepper
6 ounces Dubliner cheese (Kerrygold brand), thinly sliced and divided into 6 (1-ounce) servings

Sauteed Onions:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter (European style)
1 large Vidalia onion, halved (through the core) and thinly sliced (1/4-inch)
1/4 teaspoon table salt
8 grinds fresh black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 cup bourbon (recommended: Bulleit brand)

Brioche hamburger-sized buns, halved
3 tablespoons unsalted butter (European style), at room temperature

Rye Sour

Bourbon Sour

2 oz bourbon whiskey
1 oz lemon juice
1/2 tsp superfine sugar
1 slice orange
1 maraschino cherry

Bourbon on the Rocks


The Plan

Find a good bourbon
Select your favorite glass from your bar
Drop in a couple of cubes
Pour over ice



Classic Manhattan


3/4 oz sweet vermouth
2 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey
1 dash  bitters
1 maraschino cherry
1 twist orange peel

Combine the vermouth, bourbon whiskey, and bitters with 2 – 3 ice cubes in a mixing glass. Stir or shake gently so you won’t cloud the drink. Place the cherry in a chilled cocktail glass and strain the whiskey mixture over the cherry.

Perfect Manhattan


2 oz blended whiskey
1/2 oz sweet vermouth
1/2 oz dry vermouth
1 dash bitters

Shake with ice to chill, pour into a low ball cocktail glass, and garnish with a maraschino cherry.


Cara’s Feature


750 JB White
1 can Concentrated OJ (Do not add water)
1 can Concentrated Limeade or Lemonade (Do not add water)
1 jar Maraschino Cherries. (I use DK Michigan Cherry since I don’t care for the Cherries)
2 Ltr Lemon-Lime Soda

Blend all ingredients together-place in freezer minimum 24 hrs.

**Once you remove from freezer, stir mixture from the bottom. Slight separation may have occurred during the freezing**