Whiskey might just be the greatest beverage on the planet. It is diverse, versatile, intoxication, and it’s almost always delicious. To help you get the most of this hallowed spirit, we thought you’d enjoy this brief guide on how to drink whiskey. If there is a theme to this guide, it is “exploration”.
There is no one right way to drink all whiskeys – instead, enjoying this beverage is a personal journey that could easily change from week to week, day to day, drink to drink. The protocols outlined in this guide works well with any whiskey under the golden sun. We’ll take you through the basics, but ultimately you have to follow you own palate.
- New Beginnings
The next time you have a glass of whiskey, resist the urge to immediately toss ice into it. You’ll find that many whiskeys are greatly enhanced by ice, but you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t at least try the whiskey neat. If you find that you don’t like your whiskey neat, that is totally fine. With high alcohol content (approx. 40%-43% ABV) and bold flavor profiles, a glass of straight whiskey can be like a slap in the face to your taste buds. In order to get more of a warm hug experience, why not try adding a little water.
- Drops of Water
If you are new to the world of whiskey, you might roll your eyes at the prospect of adding a few drops of water. How could a drop of water make a difference? The easiest way to add drops to your whiskey is with a glass of water and a straw. Simply add a drop, give your whiskey a swirl, take a sip, and repeat until you find the pleasing flavors you are looking for. The bigger the slash, the more diluted your whiskey will become, achieving the effect of ice without the chilling refreshment.
- On the Rocks
Ordering a whiskey “on the rocks” may sound cool, but it may not necessarily be what you want, As for the type of ice, you are best off going with a large ice cube (1.5 -2 inches) or ice ball. Small cubes or chunks of ice will melt faster than larger pieces, diluting your whiskey more quickly. If you want the chilling effect without the dilution, you might consider adding chilled whiskey stones.
- Whiskey Cocktails
If you simply don’t like the taste of whiskey by itself, or if you are looking for a new way to enjoy whiskey, we urge you to try it in a Gold Rush
- 1-1/2 oz Breckenridge Bourbon
- 2 tsp peach jam
- 2oz apple cider
- Ginger ale
- Garnish\; peach slice, orange peel, cinnamon stick, sprinkle raw sugar.
Method: Shake first 3 ingredients with ice. Top with ginger ale and garnish.
- Hot Boulevardier
- 5 oz water
- 2 oz rye whiskey
- 1 oz sweet red vermouth
- 1 oz Campari
- 1 orange
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp tarragon
- 4 dashes Angostura bitters
- 2 rosemary sprigs
Method: Heat whiskey, Campari and vermouth on a medium heat for two minutes. Peel all of the skin off the orange and place into a French press. Add bitters, tarragon and lemon juice to the press, Stir in heated spirits. Boil water and let cool for one minute. Stir in water, let mixture steep for seven minutes. Plunge and pour into warmed coupe glass. Garnish with rosemary sprig. Serve