See the Recipe. Todd Coleman

Spooned into tea or sipped straight, this spicy-sweet cordial is almost worth getting the sniffles for. This recipe first appeared in our November 2012 issue along with Kara Newman’s story Good Medicine.

Rock and Rye Rock and Rye
Spooned into tea or sipped straight, this old cordial made new was once a considered a cure for the sniffles.
Yield: makes 1 Liter


  • 1 liter rye whiskey
  • 8 oz. rock candy
  • 4 oz. Luxardo cherry syrup
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 3 whole star anise
  • 3 sticks cinnamon
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced


  1. Stir ingredients together in a 4-qt. glass jar with a lid. Let steep at room temperature for 2 days or up to a month.