Whiskey Facts

Here's my whiskey sour recipe:

It starts with a sugar syrup which you can make ahead of time

1/2 c water
1 c white sugar.

Put the two in a pot and bring to a boil with a little mixing. Soon after it boils all the sugar should dissolve making a clear sugar syrup. Take it off and cool it. You can keep this in the refrigerator for weeks after you make it.

Now you are ready to make the whiskey sours. The basic proportions are:

1 part syrup
2 parts fresh lemon juice
3 parts whiskey (more or less to taste).

I usually squeeze 1 lemon per drink and measure proportions off of that amount of juice. That is, add half the amount of sugar syrup then enough whiskey to double that volume.

You should mix one drink per person and never any extra, which is dangerous. You will be tempted to have a second. If you do, the next morning you will recognize it for the bad idea it was.

Here's a recipe for hot toddies:

Sugar syrup is same as above. This is basically dilute warm whisky sours.

Standard rations for a kayak trip are1/4 cup of whiskey per person per night. Again, I advise sticking to that ration. Repeated field tests have shown that it is the right amount

When pressed you can use crystal lite, but there should be no need to resort to that during a week long kayak trip.

Here's a tip: If you want an evening treat, but have already brushed your teeth you can have chocolate (bar) and whiskey together. They cancel each other out so you don't have to brush again.

Also, if you have two shots of whiskey and three shots of espresso there is a 20 minute window in which you can climb anything. Don't use this more than 2 times in a 24 hour period.

What to drink:

For mixing I like a middle price whiskey. I currently have some "Erza Brooks Kentucky Straight Bourbon" and like it enough that I'll probably buy it again. I usually spend $10 to $15 for 750ml.

For drinking straight the best I remember ever tasting is: Glenmorangie Port Wood Finish

A couple months ago Marie, Andrew, and I did some blind tasting. We sipped three different whiskeys, each in different order, with out knowing what they were (though none were the Glenmorangie). Regardless of price or quality we each liked best the last one we tasted, proving what many already know: your best drink of whiskey was your last drink of whiskey. It follows that your next drink will be even better.

Or, as Mark Twain put it, "Too much of anything is bad, unless it is whiskey in which case it is just enough."

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