How to drink whiskey?
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What do we know about whiskey? This is a strong alcoholic beverage, tart, rich and fragrant. Favorite drink of the legendary James Bond and star Hollywood in general. It is drunk by actors on the screen and in life, it is drunk by politicians and the first persons of the state, the whole world drinks it, and the Russians in particular. However, whiskey is a relatively new kind of alcohol for us, and not many people know how to drink it properly. Some learn from Hollywood films, others from bartenders at the club, and still others do not study at all and drink it as they should.
So how to drink whiskey? Is it possible to mix it with cola? And whether the method of drinking depends on its price and brand. We present you the answers to the most popular questions of beginners and not only connoisseurs of Scottish drink.
How to drink whiskey: highlights
For whiskey use two types of glasses: tulip, if you want to appreciate the color, aroma and taste of the drink, and wide glasses with a thick bottom - for mixing whiskey with cola, ice and other ingredients.
The temperature of the whiskey should be 18-21 °, it is at this temperature that the aroma and soft taste of the drink is revealed to the maximum. At a lower temperature, the aroma is lost, at high temperature, the taste suffers: the drink becomes more rigid and strong.
How to drink scotch whiskey: Scottish traditions
Scotch whiskey in their homeland is traditionally drunk with water. Moreover, a glass of whiskey is served exclusively with a glass of water, usually ordinary, but possibly soda. Thus, each person mixes the drink according to his own taste. Typically, water is half or one third of the total beverage. However, expensive and high-quality whiskey, such as the Jim Beam, even the Scots prefer to not mix and drink in their pure form.
We drink whiskey correctly: sommelier advice
Sommeliers from around the world are advised to drink whiskey only separately, without mixing it with ice or soda, or, especially, with coke. Moreover, experts advise to drink alcohol 2-3 hours after eating and in no case have a bite of whiskey, because the food will kill all the taste and aroma of an expensive drink.
However, this rule applies mainly to high-quality Scotch whiskey made from natural barley malt.American, Canadian and other whiskeys are allowed, and sometimes recommended, mixed with other ingredients. The fact is that in these countries for the production of whiskey mainly use corn grits, which gives the drink a specific flavor that is well interrupted by cola or juices. However, this shade can be discerned only by a true gourmet.
How to drink whiskey and coke
Coke whiskey is a very common drink in America, Canada and Europe, and more recently in Russia. This is how traditionally whiskey is served in nightclubs and bars, and this is how many people are used to seeing it. Despite the fact that the recipe of this cocktail is intuitive to everyone, not everyone knows how to drink whiskey and coke.
For a start, it is worth noting that connoisseurs of whiskey recommend using not the most expensive and high-quality whiskeys for this cocktail. Blended beverages up to 3 years old are suitable for this purpose. The proportions depend on the desired level of strength and are 1: 1 or 2: 1 (cola / whiskey), a higher content of cola will completely eliminate the taste and aroma of a valuable drink, and, therefore, will negate the whole idea.
How to drink whiskey with soda or water
Properly drink whiskey - with natural or slightly soda water, the total content of which does not exceed the third part of the whiskey. Serve at the same time water and whiskey must be separately, in different glasses, giving everyone the opportunity to independently mix drinks to achieve the optimal taste and strength of the cocktail. That is how they drink whiskey in Scotland and all of England.
How to drink whiskey and with what: cocktail recipes
The easiest and most common recipe is whiskey with ice. In this case, the ice should occupy 2/3 of the glass, and the whiskey barely cover the ice itself. In the process of melting ice taste whiskey becomes softer and more pleasant.
Another traditional recipe is Whiskey Toddy - a hot cocktail. Whiskey is added to hot tea or hot water to taste, as well as a teaspoon of honey and freshly squeezed lemon juice. This cocktail not only warms and relaxes well, but is also a prophylactic against colds.
There are many recipes for long drinks based on whiskey, for example: whiskey, apple or cranberry juice (1 to 2) and ice. Lemon, pomegranate and orange juice in different proportions, schnapps or not very sweet lemonade also goes well with whiskey.In such cocktails, ice, lemon and a sprig of mint complement the flavor range well.
In addition, whiskey can be added to coffee. So, Irish Coffee, which the Irish are advised to prepare exclusively from Irish whiskey and natural, insoluble coffee, is especially popular all over the world.
How to drink Jack Daniels whiskey
Jack Daniels - American whiskey, which has a rich aroma and soft taste with hints of smoke. Big connoisseurs of whiskey of this brand prefer to drink Jack Daniels separately from everything, the rest can be recommended cocktails based on lemon or apple juice and ice.
How to drink White Horse whiskey
White Horse is a blended Scotch whiskey with a pronounced aroma and a tart sweetish taste. Despite the fact that it is one of the most affordable and widespread in Russia, few people know how to drink the White Horse whiskey properly.
The Scots themselves recommend drinking this sort of whiskey, diluting it with natural or slightly carbonated water, while the Europeans drink it mostly with ice. True connoisseurs of whiskey recommend not to spoil the soft and rich taste of whiskey with other drinks, drink it slowly and measured, enjoying a bouquet of taste and aroma of Scottish drink.
How to drink Jameson whiskey
Jameson - Irish whiskey with more than 200 years of history, called one of the best in the world. Made from selected barley malt, which has undergone triple distillation and aged for at least 6 years in sherry barrels, whiskey acquires a mild taste and rich aroma that should not be spoiled with ice, soda or cola. Just pour 35-50 grams of Jameson whiskey at room temperature, appreciate its amber color and aroma and drink it slowly and regularly in good company of friends or loved ones in small sips. That is how Jameson is drunk in Ireland. That is how it is worth drinking in Russia.
How to drink Red Label whiskey
Johnnie Walker Red Label is the easiest and most affordable variety of Scotch blended whiskey, but at the same time, the most common in Russia. It is made from 35 varieties of whiskey and can withstand no more than 3-5 years, and therefore it has a more tart and tough taste. Those who do not know how to drink Red Label whiskey, experts advise to mix it with cola, ice or chilled fruit juices (apple, cherry, cranberry, etc.), as well as use it in various cocktails.
Those who are just acquainted with the Scottish drink should not drink the Red Label in its pure form, so as not to spoil the overall impression of the drink.To do this, it is better to try a higher grade Johnnie Walker - Black Label, which has a soft multi-faceted taste and a pronounced fruity aroma. Well, real connoisseurs will appreciate Green, Gold and Blue Label - elite whiskeys, especially if they do not spoil the unsurpassed taste of whiskey with juices, cola and even ice.