Templeton Rye

When prohibition outlawed the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages in 1920, many enterprising residents of tiny Templeton, Iowa, population 350, came together to create an American classic known as Templeton Rye Whiskey, or “The Good Stuff” to those in the know.

Over the course of its storied history, Templeton Rye became Al Capone’s whiskey of choice, quickly finding its way to the center of his bootlegging empire. Speakeasies in Chicago, New York and as far west as San Francisco poured Templeton Rye as the “Best Whiskey in the House”.  Later legends suggest that a few bottles even found their way inside the walls of Alcatraz to the cell of prisoner AZ-85.
Available legally for the first time, the infamous small batch rye whiskey returns. Aged in charred new oak barrels and produced from the original Prohibition Era recipe, Templeton Rye provides a smooth finish and a clean getaway.

Friday Dinner Cocktail name: Toronto Cocktail

Ingredients: Templeton Rye Whiskey, Fernet-Branca Amaro, Demerara Sugar Syrup, Angostura bitters

Who: Jeff Donahue, managing partner, Sportsman’s Club


2 oz Templeton Rye Whiskey

0.5 oz Fernet-Branca Amaro

Barspoon Demerara Sugar Syrup

2 dash Angostura bitters

Stir over ice until cold and diluted. Serve up in a cocktail glass.


Satruday Cocktail name: Rusty Door Hinge

Ingredients: Templeton Rye Whiskey, fresh orange juice, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, Carpano Antica sweet vermouth

Who: Michael Kilmer, national brand manager, Templeton Rye

1.5 oz Templeton Rye whiskey

0.75 oz Fresh orange juice

0.25 oz Fresh lemon juice

0.25 oz Simple syrup

0.25 oz Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth


Build all ingredients in a shaker tin, add ice and shake hard for 8-10 seconds.  Strain in a cocktail glass filled with fresh ice.

Garnish with orange twist express orange oil.