World Whiskey Day is celebrated on the third Saturday of May. Created in 2012, it’s an occasion to put whiskey on the spotlight, to taste, to discover and enjoy the spirit known as water of life. As explained by founder Blair Bowman, “World Whisky Day is all about making whisky fun and enjoyable. It’s not about being exclusive or prescriptive. You can drink it however you enjoy it (ice, water, mixer – whatever works for you).”
And while you surely have your go-to way to serve the tipple, why not take some inspiration from the different ways whiskey is enjoyed around the world. Here are 7 must-try pours…
This classic combination, known as Irish Coffee is a comforting and aromatic cocktail served in many countries but original from Ireland. It mixes hot coffee, Irish whiskey, brown sugar or demerara sugar syrup and cream. Nutty and caramelly, it’s a great winter warmer.
Hard to imagine for the non-initiated but this combination is popular in China where peaty Scotch is combined with the delicate, herbal flavours of green tea in a refreshing, iced mixed drink. To make it, it’s best to let the tea cool to room temperature instead of adding the ice while hot (less dilution) and use one part whiskey to three parts tea. You can add a slice of lime for an extra touch.
In Spain, it is popular to mix whiskey with Coca-Cola. Bourbon mixes particularly well and the Jack and Coke (Jack Daniel’s and Coke) is a popular tipple of choice. Often, it is serve with one part of whiskey and three of Coke, plus lots of ice.
The refreshing Mint Julep was immortalised in the pages of The Great Gastby and it’s the traditional drink of the Kentucky Derby. It’s a very simple mixed drink and to make it, you just need to add sugar or syrup to a glass, then include muddled mint leave, crushed ice and Bourbon. Decorate with fresh mint for an extra touch.
Mizuwari translates to “mixed with water” and while it sounds simple, this popular way to enjoy whiskey in Japan can be amazing, when the right whiskey, the right water and the right ice combine. Use pure, mineral water (even for the ice) and a rich whiskey (why not try a Japanese bottle?). Mix one part of spirit with two parts of cold water, add big ice cubes.
This tropical twist might not work on a chilly autumn evening in Edinburgh but by the seaside in the Caribbean coast can be just perfect. One part of youthful, spicy whiskey and three parts of coconut water, extra bonus if it’s just fresh out of a coconut. In an ideal world: Leave the coconut in the freezer for a while, open and pour the whiskey in.
Canadians enjoy the mix of whiskey, often Seagram’s Seven Crown with 7Up, hence the name of this ultra easy to mix drink, the 7 and 7. You can get the spirit of your choice, but a spicy Canadian Rye is our suggestion. It’s also popular in the US and while Seagram’s is a Canadian brand, the whiskey that names the drink is made in the US.
More information worldwhiskyday.com
Gabriela’s passion for writing is only matched by her love for food and wine. Journalist, confectioner and sommelier, she fell in love with Ireland years ago and moved from Venezuela to Dublin in 2014.
Since then, she has written about and worked in the local food scene, and she’s determined to discover and share the different traditions, flavours and places that have led Irish food and drink to fascinate her.