On Friday, May 13, 2016, Sagamore Spirit officially launched their Signature Straight Rye Whiskey into the market.

Now, every time Friday the 13th—aka RyeDay the 13th—comes along, the whiskey brand celebrates all things Maryland rye. This September, we are joining Sagamore, along with some of our favorite bars across the United States, to commemorate RyeDay the 13th by raising a glass of delicious rye.

If you’re within driving distance of Sagamore’s waterfront distillery in Baltimore, you’re in luck. The tour is renowned as one of the city’s best experiences so it’s a perfect place to spend an afternoon with family or friends. Schedule a tour to learn about Maryland’s storied rye whiskey past and taste the brand’s award-winning spirits. The five-acre distillery is also home to the world’s only 40-foot, mirror-finished copper column still, which you get to see in action during the tour. And if you visit the distillery on September 13th – or RyeDay the 13th – you’ll receive 13 percent off full-priced merchandise in the visitor center.

If you can’t make it to the Sagamore Spirit distillery, you can still snag amazing RyeDay the 13th deals online. On September 13, 2019, full-priced merchandise will be 13 percent off, you’ll receive free shipping on orders of $50 or more, and get a free Friday Ryeday gift with your purchase. Use the code RYEDAY at checkout.

If you find yourself in Washington, D.C. on RyeDay the 13th, you can visit a number of bars to sip on RyeDay cocktails, like the Native Dancer, a cocktail created by creative director and bartender Andy Bixby of Jack Rose Dining Saloon. It’s a strong but drinkable mix of Sagamore Rye, madeira, Luxardo Sour Cherry Gin, grapefruit liqueur and orange bitters. Here are some other establishments to find a great RyeDay drink:

And if you’re in Baltimore on RyeDay the 13th, a number of other bars created specialty cocktails like the Sagamore Lemonade, served at Raw Bar, made with Sagamore Rye, honey simple syrup and lemonade, and you can enjoy the refreshing libation at these fine bars:

Even if you can’t make it to one of these bars to celebrate, you can toast RyeDay the 13th at home by mixing up some excellent cocktails.

Sagamore Lemonade, cocktail, bottle and garnishes

Sagamore Lemonade

Sagamore Lemonade

Created by Raw Bar


  • 1.5 oz. Sagamore Rye Whiskey
  • .75 oz. Honey Simple Syrup
  • 2 oz. Lemonade
  • 4 Mint Leaves (to Garnish)

Preparation: Add whiskey and honey syrup to a shaker tin with ice. Shake and strain into a 10 ounce glass over fresh ice. Top with lemonade and garnish with mint leaves.

native dancer

Native Dancer

Native Dancer

Created by Andy Bixby of Jack Rose


  • 1 oz. Sagamore Spirit Signature Rye Whiskey
  • 1 oz. New York Malmsey Madeira
  • .5 oz. Luxardo Sour Cherry Gin
  • .25 oz. Rubin Grapefruit Liqueur
  • 2 drops Orange Bitters
  • Grapefruit Wheel (to Garnish)

Preparation: Fill a coupe glass with crushed ice to chill. Add all liquid ingredients to a mixing glass, crack 1 cube of ice to the bottom of the mixing glass and add 5 whole cubes. Stir until chilled, add “finishing cube” and stir 10 more times. Strain into the chilled glass. Garnish with an expressed grapefruit wheel.