The Classic Manhattan--dark goods mixed with sweet vermouth and bitters, and a garnish of cherry--is traditionally made with straight Rye. Rye was popular during Prohibition, but has not been much used since, except to make the still-popular Manhattan.
I find Rye to be a good basis for other kinds of drinks, since its dryness--it lacks the smokey, sweetly musty edge of bourbon, while not being too lyrical and delicate like Canadian whiskey--lends it well to a variety of ingredients.
Here's a new drink based on Rye, which I think is quite nice. Since it uses Rye, let's call it Shooting Straight--after Straight Rye Whiskey.
Recipe (by proportion)
3 Parts Straight Rye Whiskey
2 Parts Drambuie
1/4 Part Herbsaint
1 Part Fresh Lemon Juice
3/4 Part Fresh Lime Juice
--stirred vigorously and served in chilled cocktail glasses (no garnish).
Gentlemen are asked to leave their mohaskers outside. This is a respectable joint.