The Pledge

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There's something about rye whiskey that just screams "classic cocktail." And The Pledge is the perfect example of a rye cocktail done right. This drink is simple but elegant, and it's definitely worth making at home. Here's how to make The Pledge.
the pledge rye cocktail


Serve in a Rocks Glass

  • 1/2 oz Averna Amaro
  • 1/2 oz YELLOW chartreuse
  • 1 1/2 oz Bulleit Rye [Why Bulleit? Because its delicious! But I hear good things about Rittenhouse]
  • 2 dashes of Angostura

Garnish: Lemon Peel

Required Tools

How to Make

  1. Since it’s all liquor here, stir it for a bit.
  2. Take a lemon peel, squeeze some of the oils onto the cocktail and dip it. Bam. You just made a garnish.


A rye cocktail is a classic for a reason: it tastes delicious. It has a rich, earthy flavor that’s perfect for cocktails, and it pairs really well with sweet vermouth and other mixers. If you’re looking for a new favorite drink, a rye cocktail in any variety is definitely worth trying out.

Why The Pledge: A New Rye Cocktail?

This drink reminds me a bit of cinnamon gum. Like one of those big red gumballs (fireballs?) that get real hot in your mouth. Yeah. Like that. But with a lot of booze.

The green stuff is much too strong for my taste but its yellow little brother seems to work just fine here.  Yellow chartreuse is a sweet, herbal liqueur that’s perfect for mixing cocktails.

It has a unique flavor that sets it apart from other liqueurs, and it can be used to make a delicious rye cocktail.

As for the Averna, it’ll give it a nice soft caramel note, which you *could* swap out for some Benedictine [per se] and it will give you a great result, if slightly different.

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