The Roycroft Cocktail: A Rye Spell

The Roycroft
Photo by Kenji Toma

Courtesy Gary Crunkleton, owner/bartender, The Crunkleton, Chapel Hill, NC

Gary Crunkleton has filled his Chapel Hill, North Carolina, bar, The Crunkleton, with Arts and Crafts decor. Some pieces, like a tall grandfather clock, are antiques, while others, like the Mission-style chairs and bronze light fixtures, are faithful reproductions.

Backed by one of the strongest whiskey lists in the South, this is the ideal place to sip the Roycroft, a bracing rye cocktail named after an influential artisan community of the early 1900s.

“This drink pays tribute to Roycroft [members],” says Crunkleton. “Their belief of working with your head, hands and heart to create happiness was our inspiration.”

This drink is austere and spirit-forward. Its deep amber glow evokes the hue of well-worn wood furniture.

  • 1 ounce Rittenhouse Bonded Rye Whiskey
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • ½ ounce Green Chartreuse
  • ½ ounce Benedictine
  • ½ ounce ounce Cherry Heering
  • 1 thin slice peeled fresh ginger, for garnish

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients, except garnish. Shake well, and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with ginger.

Published on January 11, 2017
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Kara Newman 
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Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She’s the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip., NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening and Cocktails With a Twist, released August 2019. Email:

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