Village Whiskey in Philadelphia (slogan "eats and neats") has an old-school charm that makes it easy to imagine Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson signing the Declaration of Independence downtown then having a pour at this dark-lit pub.
Nothing says true love like whiskey and Valentine cookies. The cookies are a special recipe from my grandma, but with an added twist of whiskey buttercream frosting that I'm sure Grandpa would have enjoyed. The frosting recipe comes from the delectable flour cookbook by Joanne Chang. And the secret is to whip the hell out of it.
The sun is always just about to set in Char No. 4 on Smith Street in Brooklyn. The light in the bar is a pale amber that matches the four shelves of whiskey lining the walls, reminding me of that hour before evening during Autumn. The bar is so calming, you want to take off your coat, find a stool, stay for awhile. Stay forever. Put a bed in the corner and wake up every day to the shelves and shelves of whiskey bottles – some familiar, some to be new friends.
_ Sometimes new packaging can go a little too far. Like when you take a Scotch label and put it on a can. And then put whisk(e)y in the can.
But that’s what the Panama-based company, Scottish Spirits, is trying, without the approval of the Scotch Whisky Association, which is trying to stop it.
According to an article by Mark Howarth in the MailOnline, chief executive of Scottish Spirits, Manish Panshal, said this will make whiskey a “part of every lifestyle.” He goes on to say, “The can is the perfect size to be shared between three people who can mix it with other things like cola. It’s lightweight and portable and entirely recyclable, which is good news. It will be one of the hot picks for any outdoor activities.”
Overheard at a whiskey bar:
“Whiskey, the favorite cure for a cold that doesn’t work.”
But does it? I know whiskey often makes me feel better, or at least one glass isn’t going to make me feel worse. I decided to find out if whiskey can actually do more than cure just a bad day. Since I'm feeling healthy, I went to the source for all medical advice today - the internet.