(Must be 21 and please drink responsibly.)
According to its Gaelic origins, whiskey is the water of life, and while we don’t have makers of pure Irish whiskey (because we’re in San Diego), we do have more than a handful of local makers inspired by one of the oldest distilled beverages in all the world.
Now that you’ve selected a fine local whiskey, how do you take it? Neat, on the rocks, or in a cocktail? You may already have your preference, but if you’re a novice or want to refine your experience, whiskey aficionados say to start by serving it neat and taking small sips. Sensory expert Gwen Conley, director of quality assurance and innovation at Cutwater Spirits, even curates tasting experiences with various salty and sweet snacks that open up different flavors.
Sipping on neat whiskey can be a strong introduction, in which case, have no shame trying it on the rocks—and skip the straw. If that’s still too much for your nose hairs, try it in a cocktail.
Get real fancy with this passionate whiskey sour. Make your own sour with this recipe made from passionfruit and hints of vanilla, lavender, and citrus.
And why we don’t have more tamarind in everything we’ll never know but this tamarind whiskey sour is weekend goals.
Skrewball has a cocktail to help boost the shamrock spirit.
If you’re thirsty for more ideas, check here.
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