Detroit-area bartenders and chefs team up for mouth-watering Jack Daniel's Rye and Rye competition

It's a RYE celebration! Earlier this winter, the fine folks at Jack Daniel's rounded up 15 teams comprised of Detroit-area bartenders and chefs, to compete in the Rye and Rye competition. Each team created a Jack Daniels's Tennessee Rye Cocktail, and a burger, sandwich, or a fun rye food creation. Five teams were selected as semi-finalists, with one amazing Rye cocktail/sandwich combo selected as the eventual winner. All of the entrees tasted and looked outstanding and now you can take a mouth-watering look at all the teams and their offerings.

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Team Adams — Bartender Blake Adams
Photo by On The Rocks Detroit

Team Adams — Bartender Blake Adams



Photo by On The Rocks Detroit
Team Adams' Jack Daniel’s Poached Apple Ginger Rye Cocktail
Ingredients:
- 2 poached apples
- 1 orange slice
- 2 dashes angostura bitters
- 5oz spiced orange tea syrup
- Muddle in shaker tin
- 2 oz Jack Daniel’s rye
- Shake in tin with ice
- Strain over crushed iced in new glass
- Top with 1oz ginger beer
- Garnish with orange peel, poached apple, and cinnamon stick 
Photo by On The Rocks Detroit

Team Adams' Jack Daniel’s Poached Apple Ginger Rye Cocktail


Ingredients:
- 2 poached apples
- 1 orange slice
- 2 dashes angostura bitters
- 5oz spiced orange tea syrup
- Muddle in shaker tin
- 2 oz Jack Daniel’s rye
- Shake in tin with ice
- Strain over crushed iced in new glass
- Top with 1oz ginger beer
- Garnish with orange peel, poached apple, and cinnamon stick

Photo by On The Rocks Detroit
Team Adams - Chef Jeremy Ball
Photo by On The Rocks Detroit

Team Adams - Chef Jeremy Ball



Photo by On The Rocks Detroit
Chef Ball’s Sidecar Spicy & Savory Reuben
Ingredients:
- corned beef
- sourdough rye
- spicy brown mustard
- Swiss cheese
- caramelized onions
Photo by On The Rocks Detroit

Chef Ball’s Sidecar Spicy & Savory Reuben


Ingredients:
- corned beef
- sourdough rye
- spicy brown mustard
- Swiss cheese
- caramelized onions

Photo by On The Rocks Detroit
Team Burton — Bartender Chris Burton

Team Burton — Bartender Chris Burton



Team Burton's My Tea Rye Tea
Ingredients:
- 1.5 oz Jack Daniel's Rye Whiskey
- 4 oz Brewed Hibiscus Iced Tea
- 1/2 oz Pickled Jalapeño Simple Syrup
- 1/2 oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
- 1 Tsp. Guava Jelly
- Freshly Crushed Ice
- Pistachio Hibiscus Almond Bark Garnish
Crush fresh ice, fill a double rocks cocktail glass slightly over the rim. 
Build drink in iced shaker, using jigger. 
Stir vigorously to blend ingredients, strain over crushed ice, garnish, enjoy!

Team Burton's My Tea Rye Tea


Ingredients:
- 1.5 oz Jack Daniel's Rye Whiskey
- 4 oz Brewed Hibiscus Iced Tea
- 1/2 oz Pickled Jalapeño Simple Syrup
- 1/2 oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
- 1 Tsp. Guava Jelly
- Freshly Crushed Ice
- Pistachio Hibiscus Almond Bark Garnish

Crush fresh ice, fill a double rocks cocktail glass slightly over the rim.
Build drink in iced shaker, using jigger.
Stir vigorously to blend ingredients, strain over crushed ice, garnish, enjoy!
Team Burton - Chef Tim Castaneda

Team Burton - Chef Tim Castaneda



Chef Castaneda's Rye Bread Chicken Milanesa Torta
Ingredients:
- Toasted Rye Bread
- Milanesa – a Mexican Breaded Chicken Cutlet
- Similar to Schnitzel or Chicken Fried Chicken
- Mayonnaise 
- Tomatillo (Verde) Salsa
- Avocado, Diced and mixed in Salsa 
- Bacon
- Tomato, Sliced
- Shredded Romaine or Arugula Spring Mix or Spinach
Optional:
Pickled Jalapeño Slices, Cilantro leaves

Chef Castaneda's Rye Bread Chicken Milanesa Torta


Ingredients:
- Toasted Rye Bread
- Milanesa – a Mexican Breaded Chicken Cutlet
- Similar to Schnitzel or Chicken Fried Chicken
- Mayonnaise
- Tomatillo (Verde) Salsa
- Avocado, Diced and mixed in Salsa
- Bacon
- Tomato, Sliced
- Shredded Romaine or Arugula Spring Mix or Spinach
Optional:
Pickled Jalapeño Slices, Cilantro leaves
Team Paled — Bartender Kat Paled

Team Paled — Bartender Kat Paled



Team Paled's Rye Cider Julep Cocktail
Ingredients:
- Ice
- 2 slices of lime
- 4 to 6 leaves of mint 
- 1.5 oz. simple syrup 
- 1.5 oz. Jack Daniel's Rye 
- 3oz. Thistly Cross Hard Apple Cider
In a cocktail shaker, muddle 1 slice of lime, simple syrup, and mint.
Fill shaker with ice, add Jack Daniel's Rye and shake well.
Pour contents of shaker into a glass.
Garnish with a lime wedge. 
Serve and enjoy!

Team Paled's Rye Cider Julep Cocktail


Ingredients:
- Ice
- 2 slices of lime
- 4 to 6 leaves of mint
- 1.5 oz. simple syrup
- 1.5 oz. Jack Daniel's Rye
- 3oz. Thistly Cross Hard Apple Cider

In a cocktail shaker, muddle 1 slice of lime, simple syrup, and mint.
Fill shaker with ice, add Jack Daniel's Rye and shake well.
Pour contents of shaker into a glass.
Garnish with a lime wedge.
Serve and enjoy!