Whiskey is versatile. If you have a great Scotch whiskey on hand, have it neat drink. If it’s a strong blend, you’ll want to thin it with a fruity mixer (mainly orange-based). Since there’s more than one way to enjoy this heavenly spirit, here’s a quick guide to delving deeper into it.
7 different ways to drink the golden spirit:
1. Neat or straight drink
Drinking whisky in its purest form is often best advised. A well-aged spirit does not require you to dilute it. Get your hands on something like a Macallan 18, a Glenmorangie 10 or any other scotch whisky you prefer, pour a generous amount in the whisky glass and sip on the spirit.
2. A dash of water
Recently, we talked to a few bartenders around the country to get their opinion on how to drink some of the best low-priced whiskeys. While clean or straight was the preferred advice, whiskey with cold water was also one of the suggestions. Pour 30/60 ml of whiskey and add an equal amount of water. Basically, a 1:1 ratio works best.
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3. On the rocks
Load your glass with ice. And then pour your whisky on top of the ice, watch the ice melt slightly over the warmth as it absorbs the spirit and then sip it as the ice chills your lips and the whisky warms your throat.
4. Mixers drink
Whisky might not be the most popular pick on cocktail menus but it has its takers. Let’s take the whisky sour for example. Incidentally, with the pandemic, as the drinking shifted to homes, a lot of players introduced interesting mixers to have cocktails at home.
A highball (also the word for a glass) is mostly whiskey with ice, water, your favorite mixer (orange or ginger juice) and a garnish. A premium style of enhancing the highball whiskey cocktail, the highball is preferred by those who like to add fruit flavors to their whiskey. Also, best paired with flavored whiskey.
6. With Warm water
A warm drink often directly hints to a Hot Toddy (a super popular whisky/rum based cocktail). But, if that’s too much spice for you to take, simply skip the adventures. Pour a 30 or a 60 and add some warm water to it, you can also add lemon if you wish to make it a more soothing/flavourful experience.
7. Whisky tea
Now we basically can’t live without a strong cup of ginger tea. Now, we are saying that you add whiskey to this tea. Keep the recipe the same, just add the desired amount of whiskey to the mix. Milk/Cream remains your choice.