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Whisky cocktails that never go out of style

Coctelería Creativa

by  Lina Vanegas*

The first references about Whisky were in Celtic culture, they said that this drink was the water of life. In ancient times the famous distillate was considered a gift from the gods with inspiring properties that had the power to restore life to dead people and energize the soul.

Whisky is a distilled made with barley and lots of tradition. It is originary from Scotland, its production place, although there are many theories about Ireland and China. In 1494 it was used by monks and later it was prescribed as a medicine to relieve the sadness caused by big losses such as death.

About its manufacturing, the distillation is made ​​from fermented malted grains like barley, wheat, rye and corn (bourbon). After fermentation it is aged in wooden barrels (white oak) and it gets an alcohol content ranging between 40 and 62%

Currently there are many varieties of whiskey in the world, some of the most representative are:

- Scotch Whisky: characterized by being distilled twice and aged exclusively in Scotland. According to its place of origin it can be from regions such as Islay, Highlands, Lowlands and Campbeltown and the result often vary considerably. It also varies if it has been mixed with other malts, if it is made with single malt or if it is the result of a special blend.

- Irish Whiskey: Irish people call it whiskey. It is made from barley and it is triple-distilled, giving it a softer and more delicate flavor.

- Canadian Whisky: it is characterized by a mild flavor and light-based malted rye. The aging process takes place in oak barrels, after being diluted in water for 3 years.

- American Whisky: it is made ​​from corn and sometimes mixed with wheat, rye or barley malt. The most traditionals are the Bourbon and Rye whiskey.

a) Bourbon whisky: it has 51% corn and it is distilled and aged in Kentucky.

b) Rye whisky: it has a minimum of 51% rye. It can not be distilled to more than 80% alcohol and must be aged in new charred oak barrels.

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Today its magical power, pure aroma and special flavor make of it an important distillate with status and elegance in celebrations. Therefore we share six whisky-based distilled cocktails that never go out of style:

1. Old Fashioned: a mixture of rye whiskey or bourbon. Its name is synonymous with the classic small glass for drinking whisky.The cocktail was born in Pendennis Club in Louisville, USA Kentucky. Its fame gave it status and led it to the Waldorf-Astoria in New York where the cocktail became popular among American presidents like Roosevelt and Truman.

Old Fashioned

2. Whiskey sour (sour, acid lemon) is a mixture prepared from bourbon whiskey, lemon juice, sugar and albumen. It was related to the Peruvian newspaper "El Comercio de Iquique" (1874), stating that the drink was created by Eliott Stubb in the chilean port of Iquique.

Whisky sour

3 Rusty Nail: it was born at the end of II World War in America. Its name is related with the color mixture. It is said that a Scottish barman in an attempt to protect American’s drink, mixed the ingredients with the help of a rusty nail instead of a cocktail spoon.

Rusty nail

4. Sazerac: originated in New Orleans in the hands of Antoine Amadie Peychaud, an apothecary who in 1795 opened a drugstore called Pharmacie Peychaud. There he sell its own medicine based in aromatic bitters what later became in this cocktail.


5. Manhattan: the origin of this drink is related to Jenny Jerome, wife of Randolph Churchill. She created it while the gubernatorial campaign of Samuel Jones Tilden in New York City's Manhattan Club. Another version dates back to 1899 where it was associated with Colonel Joe Walker who managed the famous Crescent Hall Saloon in New Orleans. In a boat trip with some friends from New York he created a mixture of vermouth and whisky. Finally he baptized it as Manhattan cocktail in honor of his friends of the island.


6. Boulevardier. Originates in a book published in the early twenties called "Barflies and Cocktails" by the owner of Harry's Bar in Paris. This mixture is very similar to Negroni, only replaced by Rye whisky or bourbon.



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