The Story Behind The Forty Niner

From The Cabinet, a bar in Manhattan’s East Village, comes a strong argument for year-round rye cocktails. The bar fat-washes Old Overholt with roasted peanuts, though home bartenders can forgo that step and still get a tasty, complex drink. When berries are in season, you can garnish with a speared raspberry for a summery touch.


  • 1 ½ ounces rye, such as Old Overholt
  • ½ ounce St. George raspberry brandy
  • ¾ ounce Giffard Framboise
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • ¼ ounce honey syrup (recipe follows)
  • 6 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • Raspberry garnish (optional)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake to combine.
  2. Pour into a coupe glass.
  3. Spear a raspberry on a toothpick and serve with garnish, if using.

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Updated: 2019-06-26

Honey Syrup Ingredients

  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup water

Honey Syrup Directions

  1. Combine honey and water in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Bring to a boil and then lower heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the honey is completely incorporated.
  3. Let cool before using. Store covered in refrigerator.
The Forty Niner Recipe