My first exposure to whiskey was a shot I took one night in a bar in Barcelona. I remember thinking “huh… that wasn’t so bad.”
My next encounter with whiskey was also a shot. I was traveling for work and, as I often did, I was having dinner alone at the bar of a restaurant. Some nice guys started chatting with me and eventually we wound up with shot of Jameson. Delicious.
Then one of my friends started ordering Marker’s Mark on the rocks when we went out. That was when I was truly converted to being a whiskey drinker (although Maker’s is technically a bourbon). It took a couple of tries to really get used to sipping it straight but I was hooked from the get go. So carmely. So good.
Both Nathan and I are now regular whiskey drinkers. Pendleton doesn’t last long at our house. It is mostly drank on the rocks, sometimes we drink it neat. Occasionally it winds up mixed in to something. It’s just so darn good.
Bull Rum makes a delicious whiskey that we have been sipping on lately. Finally I made it in to whiskey sours a couple of night ago.
Please please please listen to me when I tell you to not buy sour mix. A whiskey sour is just lemon juice, simple syrup, and whiskey. Separating the components like that makes it a breeze to adjust the flavor. Like it sweeter? Add more syrup. Like is sourer? Add more lemon juice.
I am only sharing one whiskey drink with you today. Either of the drinks I have already shared with you when we talked bourbon are great with just plain whiskey.
So make a drink with your whiskey but take time to sip it on the rocks. If you have listened to me and purchased good spirits you wont be disappointed.
Whiskey Sour (makes 1 drink)
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
2 ounces whiskey
Cherry for garnish
Pour all the ingredients except the cherry into a shaker filled with ice. Shake till well chilled. Pour over ice into a glass. Garnish with a cherry or two. Drink in garden in the sunshine.