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Common Whiskey Drinks at the Bar
Whiskey is a staple at any bar. Depending upon the bar or restaurant you go into and the skill of the bartender will determine what kind of drinks you can have made with whiskey as the key ingredient. When you like whiskey, having it as a mixed drink is also a way of either compensating for the harsh flavor of a well brand or by enhancing the flavor with a meal. It is also a way to expand to new horizons and see how the whiskey pairs with other alcohols for a new taste that may be your new favorite cocktail. Common whiskey drinks are usually left off of the drink menus so you’ll need to know what they are to try them out.
When most people in the United States hear the word whiskey, they immediately think of Jack Daniels. The history of Jack Daniels whiskey is an important turning point in the US whiskey industry and without it, many would be without their favorite drink. Jack Daniels is one of the most popular whiskies enjoyed in the United States, whether it’s at a restaurant, bar, or for at home.
How the History of Jack Daniels Whiskey was Started
Born in 1850, Jack Daniel began learning how whiskey was made at the age of 7 from a Lutheran minister by the name of Dan Call. Call owned a still on the Louse River of Tennessee and taught Jack everything there was to know about how to make whiskey.
Whiskey has been around for thousands of years. The process of how whiskey is made is quite simple, however regulations require whiskey to be made at a licensed distillery. So, unlike beer, you cannot make whiskey at home. Otherwise, we’d all be doing it.
The Basic Process for How Whiskey is Made
Malting is the first step in how whiskey is made. Malting is the germination process that barley goes through. Some distilleries use different types of barley. Ultimately, the barley contains starch which is then converted to a soluble sugar that is then turned into alcohol. The barley will be soaked for several days and then spread out during the malting process. As the barley starts to shoot, it is dried, often using peat to power a kiln. At this point, the barley is called malt and is ground in a mill.
Tracking Down a Single Malt Whiskey
It’s important to find a good single malt whiskey based upon what you like. Since none of them are the same, you’ll need to find ones that have the finishing flavors that you enjoy in the price range that you can afford. There are plenty to choose from so you will need to find out some more information about the whiskey before you make your purchase.