unconventional ways to drink whisky

Whisky or whiskey is a type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash. Various grains are used for different varieties, including barley, corn, rye, and wheat. Whisky is typically aged in wooden casks, which are often old sherry casks or may also be made of charred white oak. –Wikipedia.

The ideal, and, traditional way to appreciate the subtle taste of this cask aged spirit we fondly call whisky, is, to take a little sip of neat whisky from a wide mouth whiskey glass, roll it around your mouth first, and let the fore tongue absorb the delicate sweetness and aroma, before the back of your mouth can enjoy the bitterness and then let it go down your throat, leaving that palate literally bursting with after taste of a woody magical world and then let the nose reinvent the aroma thoroughly again, allowing this magical drink to express its finesse as the way it has been intended by its makers.

Whiskey is an emotion, it can bring back memories of the long forgotten writing desk where grandpa was always to be found, some old books or a corner of your house that you used to sit and read as a child.

It’s absolutely alright if you add water or ice as per your wish.

But ok, these are the traditional and conventional ways of enjoying your whiskey. Let’s now discuss some quirky ways of enjoying it too. You might agree with them, or as a purist, might find them utterly revolting, but check them out nevertheless, even with a grimace writ large across your otherwise cordial face.

Numero Uno: Whiskey and Friends

This one we are sure will pass muster even in front of the most stoic and the proponents of sobriety.

This might sound unusual if you are habituated in sipping your Scotch in the isolation of your study, but it is a nice and proven way of enjoying a few social drinks of whiskey, and is known to kill spiritual morbidity due from extreme isolation without plummeting you into decadence.

Number Two: Whisky with warm water

It is probably the best to enjoy whiskey with warm water in a chilly evening.  A splash of warm water brings out the subtle flavours from the whiskey, while, the warmth will keep you comfortable.

Number Three: Whiskey with Coffee

 If you are in the mood for whiskey but are afraid of drinking a few too many, try this coffee cocktail.

The caffeine in coffee blocks the effect of the nerve depressants in alcohol and you stay alert and awake, while you still enjoy the whiskey.

Number Four: Whiskey with Beer

A very popular cocktail in American bar culture.

Boilermaker is your go to drink when you are feeling adventurous and drink like the miners did.

All you need is a pint of beer in a mug and a shot glass of whiskey dropped in.

Note that the Irish variation of this American favourite is the Dublin Drop or the Irish Car Bomb ( outside Ireland ) where a shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream and Jameson’s Irish Whiskey is dropped in a pint of stout.

Irish whiskey is malted thus when served with beer it will enhance the malted flavour of the beer.

Number Five: Whiskey with Coke

Unlike the popular cocktail immortalised in music as Rum and Coca Cola, where  ⅓ portion of Rum and ⅔ Coke makes  the drink, try this whiskey with coke.

Many of us drinkers find Jack and Coke much amusing to the taste buds than the old Rum and Coke and this applies not to just Bourbons, but absolutely any whiskey you come across.

So go have a try 🙂

Number Six Takes the Winners Prize: Whiskey with milk!

Have faith, this is the most amazing of all concoctions you could think of.

This combination makes for a delicious cocktail where the ingredients are in complete disagreement. Milk is a creamy semi sweet and salty drink with pH around 6.7 to 6.9,  whereas whiskey is a high spirit with flavours ranging from oak, barley and other grains with a pH of 3.68–4.78.

If you are looking for a neutral creamy flavour, go for a Bourbon, the milk simply softens the whiskey’s flavors and gives the drink a creamy taste. If you are in the mood for something a little spicier, go for Scotch, Scotch is naturally spicy, so it fits with a holiday theme too.

There is an “official” list of cocktails

The International Bartenders Association ( IBA ) has a list of official cocktails. The cocktail list is divided into three categories: Unforgettable ( Gin Fizz, Sidecar and Negroni for example ), Contemporary Classics ( including Cosmopolitan, Sex on the Beach and Black Russian ) and New Era Drinks ( Espresso Martini, Vesper and Darn 'N' Stormy are a few ). Check the list of IBA's official cocktails here

  • Shot Glassshot-glass

    A Shot Glass is a small glass designed to measure or hold spirits or liquor, either to be consumed straight in one shot, from which a one gulp alcoholic beverage gets the name shooter, or, is poured into a cocktail.

    The name Shot Glass has several possible origins, one theory says that in the Old West, cowboys used to pay for their whiskey by trading bullets for a drink. The other theory says that Shots were named after Friedrich Otto Schott, a man who started a glasswork factory that made shot glasses in America.

    For a good explanation on which glass to use for which drink. Read this post from Bottleneck Management.

  • Simple Guide to Cocktail Glasswareany-glass

    When there is no specific glass suggested for a cocktail, it's up to you to chose a glass.
    Either you just go ahead and serve using any glass available to you following these simple rules
    A. Go for Tall or Collins Glasses, Highball Glasses or even Hurricane Glasses for cocktails with loads of non-alcoholic mixes, and those that require crushed or cubed ices,
    B. But if your cocktail is aromatic and liqueur based, and has a complex character that must reach the nose use a wide mouthed Cocktail Glass.
    C. Red Wine Glasses for cocktails that have a Red Wine as the base spirit. Red Wine Glasses have a wider mouth and a long stem, so that the wine can be swirled an aerated to release the aroma while the long stem keeps the fingers away and avoid quick warming of the wine.
    D. White Wine Glasses for cocktails with a White Wine base, since White Wines must not be aerated as much as a Red Wines, since they oxidise fast when in contact with air, White Wine glassware, in contrast to the wide mouthed bowl of a Red Wine Glassware, is narrow with a narrow mouth. A White Wine has much lighter and delicate notes and the narrow mouth and less surface area in contact with air helps retain the aroma.
    E. If your cocktail is based on a Sparkling Wine like Champagne then a Flute Glass is more suitable since a Sparkling Wine is a White Wine with a secondary fermentation that produces the bubbles, and the narrow mouth flute prevents the bubbles from escaping.
    F. If it's winter and you are in the mood for some hot cocktails like the Irish Coffee or Hot Toddy, go for the Irish Coffee Glass, it has a heat resistant glass and a handle.
    G. Martini Glasses for Martinis or "Tinis" in general, but since these glasses have fallen off of favour these days, a Cocktail Glass will be good too.
    H. IF you are serving Margaritas, don't look for Margarita Glass if you don't have one at home, Double Old Fashioned Glass or other glasses are more common these days, for serving Margaritas.
    I. If you are the adventurous one, and are serving shots or shooters, of course the Shot Glass is your choice of glass,
    J. Finally, if you are going all out and serving depth charges and car bomb shots, all you need is a Double Old Fashioned Glass or a Beer Mug for the beer and a shot glass to drop the bomb in.

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