Happy National Scotch Day, my friends! (Yes, here at Drink Wine With Dinner®, we often talk about “adult beverages” other than wine.)
And Scotch whisky (please note, no “e”) is a great choice for a refreshing cocktail on a lazy summer weekend.
My first adult experience with Scotch, unadulterated, was not a pleasant one. I was a young bride, and my new husband and I had been invited to dinner at his father’s friends’ house.
The four of us happily sipped Scotch on the rocks and nibbled on a few apps, including caviar.
I only remember that because it made everyone thirsty, so the Scotch glasses kept getting refilled.
Before I knew it, the hostess had excused herself. Hmmmm….
(We later found out she was too hammered to cook. And that it hadn’t been the first time…) 😉
Next, we were being ushered to the door. No dinner. And after that, it was a very long time before I touched Scotch again. (Not caviar, though – but that’s another story….)
Let’s backtrack before we fast-forward, okay? Because it hadn’t always been that way…
I grew up in a Scotch-loving Italian family. (Go figure!)
Dewar’s was my parents’ house brand (Chivas Regal for special occasions), and the Scotch Sour was their go-to cocktail.
Mom and Dad liked ’em on plenty of rocks, in tall glasses, with old-school maraschino cherry on top.
Tangy, strong, and pure. No bitters or egg white.
As I became an older teen, I got to play mixologist, often enjoying (a short) one myself.
These days, I mostly lean more toward wine than whisky. Even so, I get a yearning – every now and then – for a “wee dram” from bonny Scotland.
As the clans of the tartans, kilts and bagpipes would say, Slàinte mhòr agus a h-uile beannachd duibh.
I wish you the very same – Great health and every good blessing to you – today for National Scotch Day, and for every day to come!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this wee detour from the world of vino.
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