Since we are in the first week of Movember 2014, it’s time to get amongst some hairy cocktails that are sure to get some growth going on your upper lip. This week’s cocktail is the Hair Raiser, a basic cocktail that allows you to get all inventive when mixing up your own Rock and Rye mix. Check it out and give it a whirl!

Cocktail of the Week: Hair Raiser



  • 45ml 100 proof vodka
  • 15ml Rock and Rye *
  • 15ml. fresh lemon juice

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add ingredients, shake vigorously; strain into a chilled cocktail glass and serve immediately.


Rock and Rye*

An easy liqueur to make at home, just a simple mix of rye whiskey with rock candy and, depending on preference, fruits and/or bitter herbs, Rock and Rye was long considered a cure-all for the common cold. They even gave this stuff to kids in them olden times—imagine that flying today, an eight year old half in the bag trying to learn cursive at school, priceless.

For some added dimension, add a pinch or two of gentian root to the mix, the primary flavour behind Angostura bitters. With this, Rock and Rye acts as a great substitute for bitters, not just adding another level of flavour to the cocktail, but giving it a kick of proof to boot. It’s pretty good on its own on the rocks, but best when mixed in a cocktail.

Rock and Rye Recipe

  • 1 750 ml bottle of rye whiskey**
  • 170gms rock candy
  • Orange rinds (optional)
  • Lemon rinds (optional)


In a 1 litre mason jar, add whiskey and rock candy. Add fruit and herbs as desired—about half an orange, half a lemon and (the fruit and herbs will help soften the spice of the rye and give the Rock and Rye an added dimension of flavour).

Let sit in a cool, dry place for at least a week, agitating once or twice a day. Strain and serve.