What and how to drink rum with - an overview of the right methods and combinations
The traditions of drinking alcoholic beverages in Russia are not at all the same as in England or Ireland. There they can have a glass of wine before dinner or a glass of whiskey after, but in our country the amount drunk is determined only by the abilities of guests and the finances of the hosts. What do we drink with whiskey? This is an ambiguous question - the choice depends not only on the type of drink, but also on the preferences of the guests.
What do they drink with whiskey in Europe and the USA?
Ireland and Scotland, with their long-standing traditions of making the "water of life", have managed to acquire some addictions in combining a noble drink with suitable liquids. The USA, despite its not so long history, also got a couple of ideas. Well, Russia has its own traditions - feasts without abundant food are just as rare as non-drinking guests.
Most often, whiskey is mixed with liquids such as:
- cocktails from alcoholic and non-alcoholic components.
This is exactly what the Scots themselves drink Scotch (whiskey) with. Water softens the flavor and reduces the strength. The amount of additive varies from a few drops to a ratio of 50 to 50 - here everything is decided by individual preferences, as well as the strength and taste of a particular drink.
Opponents of this dilution point out that the whiskey was already diluted with water when bottled. The addition of additional liquid during serving introduces an imbalance in the taste and aroma of the drink due to differences in the chemical composition of the water between the buyer and the manufacturer.
This is another variation on what whiskey is drunk with, Scottish, Irish or whatever - it doesn't matter. This combination gives the aroma as close as possible to the original. To taste the drink well, you should add two or three ice cubes to the classic Old Fashion, sprinkle a little whiskey and slowly savor the result under the smooth flow of conversation in pleasant company.
Carbonated drinks: cola, pepsi, soda
Whiskey and soda is the favorite drink of gangsters and tough nuts in American action films. Under the name "soda" hides an unusual soda: it also contains citric acid and soda. Traditional whiskey and soda came to us from America, and the cocktail is very popular all over the world. It is believed to have appeared to smooth out the oily flavor of the bourbon.
However, the list of what Americans drink with whiskey is not limited to soda. A very popular combination is whiskey and cola.
I mean, of course, the original "Coca-Cola" or, as an option, "Pepsi-Cola" - it allows you to neutralize the disadvantages of not too good alcohol. Since alcohol is absorbed into the blood much faster with such mixing, this recipe is a godsend for those who decide to get drunk quickly and cheaply.
Coffee and tea
Everyone knows Irish coffee - a popular Irish cocktail that includes coffee, whiskey and cream. The combination of only two components - "water of life" and coffee - also tastes quite good.
The second thing you drink with whiskey is tea. This combination is great for getting warm quickly after walking in the cold. A popular cocktail in Ireland is hot tea with honey and whiskey. In China, a slightly different recipe is in use - green tea is drunk with whiskey and ice, but not for the sake of taste. According to the Chinese, this mixture does not cause a hangover.
Mixtures are a sign of bad taste. This is what people who call themselves true connoisseurs of whiskey think. Nevertheless, cocktails exist, moreover, they are quite popular. The combinations of what is drunk with whiskey around the world are presented below.
For this cocktail you will need:
- 50 grams of whiskey;
- a piece of dark chocolate;
- sugar syrup (about 10 ml);
- vanilla ice cream - 150 grams or 4 balls (medium size);
- 15 ml of 33% cream;
The drink is served in a wine glass or in any glass with a capacity of 250-300 ml. It must be filled with ice to the top. Add syrup, ice cream, cream and whiskey to a blender and mix. Pour into a glass with ice, garnish with a piece of chocolate and drink through a straw.
This cocktail is very popular in America. For this you can use bourbon or single malt whiskey. Orange juice is also suitable instead of lemon juice.
- 40 grams of whiskey;
- 20 grams of lemon juice or orange juice;
- 20 grams of sugar syrup;
- several ice cubes.
Add all ingredients to a shaker, mix, serve in an Old Fashion glass, which is pre-filled with ice cubes.
Cocktail "Dry Manhattan"
The classic recipe for this drink includes 60 ml of rye whiskey, 30 ml of red sweet vermouth and a couple of drops of Angostura bitter. A cocktail is prepared in a mixing glass using a bar spoon, and then served in a cocktail glass ("martinka") using a sieve (strainer).
The mixing glass should be half full of ice. Add the listed ingredients on top, mix with a bar spoon, strain into a "martinka". Garnish with lemon zest or maraschino cherry. Instead of rye whiskey, bourbon can also be used, but in this case the ratio is different: 75 ml of bourbon and 25 ml of vermouth.
Whiskey without additives
And what is the right way to drink whiskey? Connoisseurs will say: "Straight!" (i.e. no additives). This is exactly how it is worth drinking high-quality high-quality varieties, otherwise both the taste and aroma of a noble drink will pass by. Experts advise tasting a worthwhile whiskey, following some simple recommendations:
- The temperature of the drink during serving should be 18-20 ° C - if it is higher, then alcohol will be felt too sharply, if it is lower, the aroma will not be felt.
- Professional tasters use special glasses that resemble wine glasses. At home, you can take the same ones, tapering upwards, or serve according to tradition - in Old Fashion.
For cooling directly in the glass, use special whiskey stones. Steatite, shungite, granite or steel are used as a material for them; in Siberia, jade is used for this purpose. If the stones are kept in the refrigerator before being placed in the glass, they will cool the drink. If you do not do this and add them to hot tea or coffee, they will keep the drink warm.
And another component of what to drink whiskey with is an appetizer. Traditions both in Ireland and Scotland and in the United States suggest that they consume the drink after a meal, and not with it, so the idea of having a snack looks somewhat strange. However, this does not mean that the "water of life" is not suitable for anything. Japanese people successfully combine whiskey with sushi. Smoked fish can be served with soft varieties (many of which are Irish).