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On a recent evening out at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, I found myself waiting for my dinner date at the bar. I was about to pull out my cellphone to scroll through social media or take random quizzes on Buzzfeed (FYI, I would be a Ravenclaw at Hogwarts), but before I had the chance, I was educated and enlightened by the man behind the bar.
The bartender and general manager, Rick Turner, told me about a drink called a Whisky Mac. This simple cocktail was invented in Scotland to warm you up after coming in from the cold weather so that you weren't too chilly to enjoy scotch. Wait, what?
Yes, the whole point of this drink is to prepare you for your main drink, which is Scotch whisky.
It only has two ingredients: Scotch whisky and ginger wine. I had never had ginger wine before, but you better believe I went out and bought some the next day.
Here is how you can make your own Whisky Mac at home:
- 1.5 fluid oz. blended Scotch whisky of your choice
- 1.5 fluid oz. ginger wine (I used Stone's Ginger Wine, available at Total Wine for about $10)
Mix the ingredients together and enjoy! Then maybe go for a Rusty Nail.
Booze News Insider Rachel Hart believes in the importance of expanding one's happy hour and nightcap repertoire beyond a glass of wine (although, she'll happily take one). She loves to discover creative quality spirits and cocktails and hopes you'll go on the journey with her.