Celebrate World Whisk(e)y Day
What a great day to be alive, today is International Whisk(e)y Day! This holiday does no favors to settle the great debate you hear bar patrons having: Is it spelled whisky or whiskey? But the parentheses is more than just a trick to the eye.
To celebrate the spirit preferred among some of history’s best writers/poets, we chose to teach you how to make one, appropriately named after- F. Scott Fitzgerald, the famous author.
The Fitzgerald has been called the, ‘Big Brother’ of a Gin Sour- a more grown-up version. But because today is International Whisk(e)y Day, we decided to use the version they’re shaking up at Ophelia’s in New York one of the best rooftop bars in the city. Courtesy of the mixologist Mr. Amir Babayoff and CBS NY.
His Fitzgerald is made with whiskey, millet blanc, orange bitters, and garnished with a homemade kumquat jelly. We took the honor a step further using the delicious malt whisky, Old Fitzgerald’s 1849.We hooked you up with a good recipe for that as well, just click here.
The day is spelled with the (e) on purpose, as to include all types of whiskies, you see the thing is that it is both Whisky and Whiskey. Scottish, Canadian, and Japanese whiskies have no “e” (Whisky). It is Irish and American whiskeys that spell it with an “e”. So the holiday does not discriminate, and damn that’s the kind of neighborhood we want to be drinking whisk(e)y with today.
A Brief History:
This is technically the tenth year we have celebrated International Whisk(e)y Day! Back in March 27, 2008, when it was officially launched at the Whiskey Festival in the northern Netherlands in 2009. It was in the presence of a number of whiskey writers including Martin Nouet, Helen Arthur, Charles MacLean and more.
This was all done in honor of legendary British whiskey writer and journalist Michael James Jackson, his birthday falls on March 27th. Sadly, Jackson passed away in 2007 at the age of 65 and thus the next year the world began celebrating in his honor. The work he contributed in his books was the authority on all things beer and whiskey.
According to research, Jackson's books have been translated in over 8 different language and to date have sold over three million copies worldwide. His influence and opinion helped begin the sudden new interest in beer and breweries back in the 70s, a world wide renaissance we are living in right now in the U.S.
He is also widely credited with popularizing the idea of beer styles. His expertise eventually landed him a TV show called, "The Beer Hunter." It was shown in over 15 countries. It was made into a 6 part series made by the UK and eventually made its way to Discovery Channel in the late 80's. The show is all about his traveling the globe in search for good beers and educating his audience about beer styles.
When it came to whisk(e)y Malt was his expertise, his book Michael Jackson's Malt Whisky Companion (1989) is the best-selling book on the subject in the world. The contents of the book itself included thorough reviews of a large number of whiskies and rated them on a scale from 0–100. Those who scored a 75 or higher were considered worth purchasing in his eyes.
For some years in between 1997-2007 he lived quietly with a developing Parkinson’s Disease, it wasn’t until people began asking him if he was drunk that he confessed. On top of that, he suffered from diabetes and so he died from a heart attack in his home on 30 August 2007.
This difference in the spelling comes from the translations of the word from the Scottish and Irish Gaelic forms. Each one requires a different distillation process, Irish immigrants influenced the U.S. when the earliest settlers migrated in the 1800s.
International Whisk(e)y Day therefore also supports Parkinson’s research. Read all about it on the official website. Check out local bars in your area who are offering deals/celebrating today, and then ask if they’re donating. Raise one up in the name of all things Whisk(e)y.
This drink recipe DIY is a challenge if you take on the Kumquat Jelly! Let us know if/how you succeed! Thanks for reading, and as always...