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How to Drink Whiskey: A Beginner’s Guide
Hell, country music could write a book on whiskey. There are a countless number of songs about drinking , and how it eases heartbreak or, more often than not, contributes to it in the first place. But more than any other instance of alcohol in songs, whiskey—be it scotch, bourbon or rye—is the amber ambrosia from the gods for those cataloguing the experience of love in all its agony and ecstasy. Here are the 10 best whiskey songs about love and heartache. As Chris Thile sings, rye whiskey makes so many things in life better. Appearing on his solo album How to Grow a Woman from the Ground , Thile takes the short blues song, stripping it of any familiar instrumentation, and instead builds it around a chorus of male voices.
On the best days, whiskey serves as a wondrous way to celebrate a milestone such as a new job, a baby, or something as simple as getting through the day. On the worst of the worst days, whiskey provides a warming blanket to block out the world for a little while. You can share the magic elixir with friends and family, or you can make new friends over a fine pour of the stuff at your local cocktail or dive bar. You can drink it neat, you can shake or stir it into a cocktail , hell, you can even make the cocktail and then put it inside a ball of ice. Tardie embarked on an international mission to learn everything he could about whiskey before opening The Flatiron Room. In short, whiskey is a distilled spirit made from grain.
Classic rock's best whiskey songs deal with both the good and bad effects of the popular distilled spirit — from the wild nights to the hazy, hungover mornings they so often spawn. First round's on us! George Thorogood's legendary whiskey song tells the story of a man who just lost his job, his girl and his apartment. He heads to the nearest bar to forget the day with some good friends named Jimmy, Johnny and Jack. Someone grab the bartender and tell him to come on down here, this tale of woe makes us want to grab the chair next to this poor sap and start matching him shot for shot. It seems our protagonist's favorite team, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, rarely win, which naturally leads him to drink more than his fair share of presumably expensive scotch. Lynyrd Skynyrd were fairly well known as a booze-loving band, and this song certainly does nothing to contradict that concept.
This piece is part of a series of essays on alcohol history. You can see more here. History, by and large, tends to be considerably more complicated than our pop cultural understanding of it. A historical movement as broad as the prohibition of alcohol in the United States, for instance, was the result of so much more than a mere crusade of moralistic teetotalers. Americans have always liked a drink; a trait that was initially brought over by hard-drinking European settlers the top 10 alcohol-consuming countries in the world today are all European or Eastern European.