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Whiskeys of the World

Whiskey, it's a global affair.

"Give me a whiskey. Ginger ale on the side. And don’t be stingy, baby!"
--Greta Garbo, in "Anna Christie"



Whiskey, a Global Go-Go

Americans might imagine whiskey was invented solely to slake the thirst of dust-bitten settlers on the American frontier. But the Irish have been making some pretty keen whiskeys for more than 500 years. And let's not forget the Scots, who spell it "whisky" and with whom the Irish have a centuries-old argument running over who invented the stuff. And then there are the Canadians, who blend a fair batch themselves (and follow the Scottish spelling). The Japanese, of course, are making some tasty whiskeys, too. However you spell it, the world has a thirst for whiskey. 


    Top-Rated Irish Whiskey Cocktails

    Made of barley, Irish whiskey's a triple-distilled tipple that's smooth and mild. These Irish whiskey cocktails will have you singing "Too-ra-loo-ra-li."

    "The problem with some people is that when they're not drunk, they're sober."
    --W.B. Yeats


    Booze Foods: Our Favorite Irish Recipes

    Pair your Irish whiskey with one of these tasty Irish treats.


    Top-Rated Scotch Whisky Cocktails

    What could be more Scottish than Scots making Scotch in Scotland? They malt their whisky over a peat fire, which adds smoky, peaty flavors--and burns off the "e" in whiskey.

    "Two things a Highlander likes naked. One of them is malt whisky.'"
    --Scottish saying


    Booze Foods: Our Favorite Scottish Recipes

    Try these recipes next time you're knocking back a dram or two of Scotch. 


    Top-Rated Canadian Whiskey Cocktails

    Canada's long, cold winter evenings were custom-made for a smooth, body-warming whiskey. Canadian whiskeys are usually blends of whiskeys, usually some mix of rye, barley, and corn whiskeys.


    Booze Foods: Our Favorite Canadian Recipes

    Just a little something to nibble on as you sip your Canadian whiskey.

    Comments
    Leslie 
    Dec. 28, 2010 8:03 pm
    According to historic records, there was a time when whisky was spelled the same in Scotland and Ireland. However, the Irish felt that whisky was being made so poorly in Scotland that the Irish started calling their drink whiskey with the "e" added to call a difference between their product and the supposedly inferior scotch. Don't get me wrong, I love good scotch as much as I love good Irish. I'm just passing along a little factoid I ran across doing some research.
     
    kitchen angel 
    Feb. 4, 2012 5:26 pm
    at one time i loved a drink called "an old fashioned" please any one know the ingredients .....i live in maine and its a great drink on a cold winters day or night.......and its colder in maine then the balls on a brass monkey...help please!!!
     
    chuckwagon 
    Feb. 8, 2012 4:51 pm
    Kitchen Angel, Lots of recipes for an old fashioned. I used to make these with my father. Muddle 1 sugar cube (1/2 tsp sugar) with 1-3 dashes of Angostura Bitters and a small splash of water or club soda. Then add 2-3 oz of whiskey. Blended, rye, bourbon, Canadian all will work. Fill your glass with ice and stay warm. Some people add a lemon slice, cherry or orange slice and others add a touch of cherry syrup to make it sweeter. Drink that one and have another. Chuckwagon in Alaska.
     
    cjevang 
    May 15, 2012 8:59 pm
    @Leslie - I'm curious what the source of your research was. I've never heard that, nor have I visited your homeland of Ireland.
     
    Jul. 29, 2012 5:48 am
    Old fashions were the thing in the '60s & '70s...many catered family parties included them. Brandy Old Fashion Sweet- just as it sounds; sweet, not bitters; and try a Southern Comfort Old Fashion- different; not a fan- though many would swear by them, at least it would be what they swore at...parties: ya' gotta love 'em.
     
     
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