The Search & Rescue

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Created by Blake Pope, beverage director at Kindred Restaurant in Davidson, North Carolina, this ruby port-enhanced Whiskey Sour transcends trends and seasons. “I use Quinta de Novol’s ruby port—a younger style that’s jammy and rich—which gives this cocktail loads of body,” Pope says. “The port also softens and sweetens a bracing combination of overproof rye whiskey, lemon juice and the bitter Italian digestif Cynar.” Shaken together, the cocktail is downright addictive and amazingly good with Southern food like fried chicken and country ham biscuits.

The Search & Rescue

Sweet, Sour


  • 1.25 oz Rye
  • .75 oz Ruby Port
  • .75 oz Lemon juice
  • .5 oz Simple Syrup
  • .5 oz Cynar


Step one

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.

Step two

Shake and double strain into a rocks glass.

Contributed by Blake Pope