New York City! Sagamore Spirit Rye Whiskey is here to celebrate RyeDay the 13th, their national brand holiday where teammates and fans across the country raise a glass to all things rye whiskey.

Just take it from Jeremy Newcomer, a well-respected bartender at The Penrose in New York City’s Upper East Side neighborhood and member of the USBG-NY Chapter. The Penrose is celebrating RyeDay the 13th with one of their classics, The Old Pal Spencer. “The name is a play on our bar’s patron saint, Spencer Penrose,” Newcomer says. “Sagamore’s peppery and dry finish really lends a hand in the overall balance and finish of this cocktail.”

The Old Pal Spencer is The Penrose’s derivative of a Boulevardier and an Old Pal. Newcomer substitutes Aperol for Campari and light vermouth for dry, looking to accentuate the already herbal and spicy Sagamore Spirit Rye. It’s finished with Angostura bitters and served with an orange twist on a single rock.

The Penrose is a great place to spend your RyeDay the 13th—not only do they make all of their syrups in house, but the cocktail menu is built collaboratively by the entire bartending team. “We meet as a team and brainstorm at least three times before a cocktail makes the cut,” Newcomer says. And the Old Pal Spencer? It’s a fan favorite. “We brought it back after a brief hiatus,” he adds. “It was one of those that needed a return.” We can’t wait to try it.

After a stop at The Penrose, continue your RyeDay the 13th celebration at any of the bars and restaurants below. All are offering signature Sagamore Spirit cocktails for the evening.

And if you want even more, here are two great cocktails to try at home.


Old Pal Spencer, cocktail, orange peel garnish

Old Pal Spencer

Photo by Noah Fecks

Old Pal Spencer

Courtesy of Pete Vasconcellos and Jeremy Newcomer from The Penrose

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Sagamore Spirit Signature Rye Whiskey
  • .5 oz. Aperol
  • .5 oz. Dolin Rouge Vermouth de Chambery
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters
  • Orange Twist (to Garnish)

Preparation: Add all liquid ingredients to a mixing glass, top with ice and stir. Strain over a large cube in an Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

Dave Rose

Courtesy of Goran Remes from Rye House

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Sagamore Spirit Signature Rye Whiskey
  • 1 oz. Grapefruit Juice
  • .75 oz. Velvet Falernum
  • .5 oz. Lemon Juice
  • 1 barspoon Agave Nectar
  • Fresh Grapefruit Zest (to Garnish)

Preparation: Add all liquid ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and double strain over fresh ice. Garnish with fresh grapefruit zest.