Saturday Sips – Whiskey
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Belly up to the bar, ladies and gentlemen. Today is whiskey day on Patricia Green Books. There are quite a few types of whisky to be had: Irish Whisky, Scotch Whisky, Canadian Whisky, Tennessee Whiskey, and Bourbon Whiskey, are the most prevalent. The variations on whisky are created by mixing a variety of grains, each recipe being proprietary. The various categories have common elements in the manufacturing process, but if you were to sample Tennessee Whiskey compared to Bourbon Whiskey, you could easily see the difference due to the charcoal intensity of the Tennessee Whiskey versus the semi-sweet aftertaste of the Bourbon. Whiskey aficionados all have a favorite type. Mine is Bourbon, and in particular, Booker’s, followed closely by Blanton’s. Booker’s is a single barrel (small batch) Bourbon with a high alcohol content. It’s not for the faint of heart and could put hair on your chest if you’re not careful.[ed. You might notice that “whiskey” is spelled in two different ways. Each is correct and based upon regional custom.]
For my snippet of writing today, I’m going to share a little segment from book 5 of the Journey family series, Jackie Draws a Straight (to be released to the general public in a few months, but available right now at Bethany’s Woodshed. If you haven’t read books 1-4, that’s okay; the book can stand alone, but if you want to start the series from the beginning, you can get the first book, Liv’s Journey,Blushing Books and Amazon.
Our heroine, Jackie Journey, needs to relax a little, so she goes to the tavern for a little drink and some food. Here’s what happens…
A shiver raced through her middle, followed by a sense of muscles relaxing slightly. She adjusted her seat on the barstool and reached for a menu. As she was trying to decide among the fajita choices, there was a raucous commotion from the doorway.
She glanced over her shoulder and immediately recognized the four men who had entered. They were ranch-hands, from the Bar-O, Rafael Ramirez’s spread on the other side of town. Jackie had gone to school with three of them, and had dated the pack leader, Bud “The Stud” Ramirez, Rafael’s son, while in high school. God what a fiasco that had been.
They weren’t interested in her as their eyes adjusted to the dim lighting, but when Bud saw her, his smile was feral. He pointed and the group laughed and nudged each other.
Bud nodded toward the jukebox, and he and his friends went to it and started feeding in quarters. Jackie released a small breath of relief. Apparently, Bud had better things to do than pay attention to her.
One song ended and another began. “Good Girls Go to Heaven,” by Brooks & Dunn started with a guitar riff and Jackie ordered another shot.
“On me,” said Bud from behind her.
She’d never forget that voice. Smooth as silk, deep and sexy as sin. Unfortunately, Bud was a bully of the first order and all that was good about him was his voice.
“No, thanks,” she replied immediately, not turning toward him. Maybe if she didn’t pay him mind he’d go away. She tensed as she realized she wouldn’t be that lucky.
Although the best way to drink whiskey is really up to the drinker—I take mine straight up as a shot—there are quite a few recipes that use whiskey as the base.
Author Sherwood Anderson (whose work is touted as the inspiration for other writers such as Faulkner, Hemingway, Steinbeck, and Wolfe) liked an Old Fashioned now and again.
1 cube of sugar
3 dashes Angostura bitters
2.5 oz bourbon, rye or blended whiskey
1 dash simple syrup
1 orange slice
1 maraschino cherry
Place a sugar cube at the bottom of an Old Fashioned glass. Add bitters and muddle. Pour in whisky and a dash of simple syrup. Fill the glass with ice cubes and stir gently. Garnish with the fruit. Sometimes a splash of club soda is added [ed. but why dilute it?].
Jack Daniels Whiskey Song