If you order a nice Scotch or Irish whiskey, you know that ordering it “on the rocks” waters it down.
What do you do, if you want your whiskey chilled?
At home, I use whiskey stones, but most restaurant servers don’t really understand that you want your whiskey cold, but not watered down.
Here is a good trick to use at restaurants:
- Order your whiskey neat (no ice), a second whiskey glass with ice in it, and some water
- Drink some of your water
- Empty the glass of ice in to the water (leaving an empty, cold glass)
- Pour the whiskey in to the cold glass
A Note on Drinking Whiskey at a Bar
Adding about a teaspoon of water to a standard 1.5 ounce serving of whiskey dilutes it just enough to bring out the complexity of its flavors.
- Option 1: Order your whiskey neat, then add 1 to 2 ice cubes from your water glass.
- Option 2: If you have a really good bar tender, order your whiskey “shaken” (implying: “shaken over ice”). A small amount of the ice in the shaker will melt and mix with the whiskey, but only a really knowledgeable bar tender will know what you’re trying to accomplish.
- Option 3: If your bar tender walks on water, order your whiskey in a chilled whiskey glass, with two ice cubes. Only the most awesome of bar tenders will understand the complexities of whiskey, and have a chilled whiskey glass on hand.