How to Have a Perfect World Whiskey Day


This year marks the 10th anniversary of World Whiskey Day, held on the third Saturday in May. This is a different celebration than International Whisky Day held every March 27th and National Bourbon Day celebrated every year on June 14th.

You can enjoy great bourbon at Railbird Festival. If you aren’t able to make it to a bar this year to celebrate, here’s how to spend the perfect whiskey-filled day.


Celebrate World Whiskey Day at Home

Now before you scoff and think, “Oh, how sad. Drinking alone at home.” Who said anything about being alone?

Whether you’re gathering with family or friends to celebrate World Whiskey Day there are several benefits of drinking at home.

There’s never a line for the restroom. You don’t have to wait to use the toilet when you drink at home.

Right, ladies? You know exactly what I mean. What is it with bars only having 1 bathroom? Or bars with separate bathrooms for guys and girls but only one or two toilets?

There’s no danger of getting a DUI. You’re already at home so you don’t have to drive yourself home.

Drinking whiskey at home saves money. You get more pours buying a bottle at the liquor store than buying shots or cocktails at the bar.

And if you have young children, when you drink at home you don’t have to pay a babysitter.

The bar is always open. When you drink at home, you can start drinking as early or late as you want.

Drink Whiskey All Day on World Whiskey Day

I’m going to drink whiskey all day in celebration of #WorldWhiskyDay and listen to songs about whisky from The Doors, George Thorogood, Toby Keith, AC/DC, and Lynyrd Skynrd and you can too!

Despite the health benefits of whiskey this will be a single-day occurrence and not repeated on a daily basis.

Whiskey For Breakfast


whiskey cocktail on decorative tray in front of bourbon barrels on world whiskey day
Photo courtesy: Laws Whiskey House

Kick off the day with a Breakfast of Champions.

To make coffee syrup: boil 1/2 cup strong black coffee with 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Cool.

Mix in an ice filled mixing glass. Stir, strain into a martini or coup glass and garnish with an orange peel.

Whiskey With Lunch


bottle of bourbon whiskey and pale yellow whiskey cocktail on brown decorative tray in front of bourbon barrels
Photo courtesy: Laws Whiskey House

Enjoy a South Broadway Jam with lunch.

Mix with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake, strain into crushed ice filled rocks glass and garnish with thyme.

Afternoon Pick Me Up


freshing whiskey coconut cocktail in tall glass with orange wheels
Photo courtesy Abasolo Whisky

For that midday slump or to keep hydrated, try an Abasolo y Coco.

Add to ice filled highball glass. Stir and garnish with orange wheels.

You can substitute thinly cut watermelon slices for the orange wheels.

Dinner


Blackberry smash cocktail with lime,  mint and ice

Have an Old Fashioned with dinner. Or enjoy a Blackberry Smash.

Muddle blackberries, lime wedges, mint, and simple syrup in a mixing glass. Add whiskey and ice and shake. Strain with Hawthrone strainer into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with mint and blackberries.

Dessert


malted milkshake with bourbon and chocolate chip cookie

Boozy milkshakes are one of my favorite dessert cocktails. End World Whiskey Day with a malted bourbon milkshake.

Blend ingredients. Serve in chilled pint glass. Chilling the glass keeps the milkshake from melting fast because of the bourbon.

What whiskey are you drinking on World Whiskey Day?

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