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Sparkling Honey Rye Whiskey Cocktail

This sparkling honey rye whiskey cocktail is easy to make. Only 4 ingredients – perfect for parties and signature wedding drinks!

sparkling rye whiskey cocktail in a rocks glass

I am a fan of both sparkling wine AND a fan of whiskey so I decided to combine them. Why not, right?

Both are kept on hand in my home at all times and sometimes I just need a change. 

Classic cocktail ingredients like honey and lemon are also always available so it’s time to get a cracking (or a popping’!) and get this whiskey cocktail party started.

honey being dripped into a cocktail shaker

Sparkling Honey Rye Whiskey Cocktail

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To start, grab your favorite cocktail shaker. I have several but always end up using the same one. Does anyone else do that?

Anyway, add some ice to the shaker and add the rye whiskey, honey, and lemon juice. Shake it up really well and then strain it into a glass filled with ice.

I suggest using a large ice cube so it doesn’t melt quickly. This large, square mold silicone ice cube tray is perfect. The ice cubes melt much slower and your drink won’t get watered down.

**Cocktail tip – use bottled or filtered water in your ice cube trays. The ice cubes will appear clear instead of foggy.**

Then, top the glass off with your favorite sparkling wine. Champagne, prosecco, cava – they all work!

sparkling wine being poured into a glass

What kind of whiskey should I use?

For this cocktail, I am using rye whiskey. It’s spicier and more dry than bourbon. You could substitute bourbon for the rye if that’s what you have on hand.

Some of my favorite brands of rye include Woodford Reserve and Bulleit. Have a brand you want me to try? Let me know in the comments.

What kind of sparkling wine should I use?

You can use champagne, prosecco, or cava in this drink. This guide to finding great sparkling wines that aren’t champagne is fantastic.

I often use cava for sparkling wine cocktails because it is a little cheaper and just as delicious as champagne.

two sparkling honey rye whiskey cocktails

What type of glass should this cocktail be served in?

You can use many types of glasses for this cocktail. However, I do *not* recommend using champagne flutes or martini glasses. Unless you have tiny ice cubes, there will not be enough room for your drink.

Collins glasses and rocks glasses are my favorite for this drink. Just enough room for ice cubes!

two sparkling honey rye whiskey cocktails and a wine cork

How should I garnish this sparkling honey rye whiskey cocktail?

Lemon rinds, lemon wedges, candied lemon peel, dried lemon wedges, lemon anything (except for the whole lemon!) A lemon wedge is a great option in case the drink is too sweet for some people – squeeze a little more lemon juice in the glass and you’re set!

Try these other sparkling cocktails!

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sparkling rye whiskey cocktail in a rocks glass

Sparkling Honey Rye Whiskey Cocktail

Yield: 2 cocktails
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This sparkling honey rye whiskey cocktail is easy to make. Only 4 ingredients – perfect for parties and signature wedding drinks!

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces rye whiskey
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • juice of one lemon
  • sparkling wine

Instructions

  1. Add ice cubes to a cocktail shaker. Pour the whiskey, honey, and lemon juice over the ice. Then shake vigorously.
  2. Strain the rye into a glass filled with ice. Top the glass with sparkling wine.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1 cocktail
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 252Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 176mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 2gSugar: 20gProtein: 3g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 1/22/2019

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Mary Walton

Tuesday 22nd of January 2019

I picked up a bottle of this very Rye for my husband recently and it’s been so long since we’ve had a whiskey cocktail…love the sparkle component! Cheers!