While you can’t buy happiness, you certainly can buy whiskey. And if you ask us, that’s pretty darn close! In a world full of fruity cocktails, sugar bombs, and salt rim margaritas, we have the whiskey neat.
What’s a whiskey neat, you ask? Well, unless you’ve been living under a rock or have no taste buds, you probably already know what whiskey is, so let’s talk about the “neat” part.
When you ask the keeper of booze to make your whiskey ‘neat,’ you’ll get a glass of whiskey without any mixer, dilution (think water), or additional flavor (think bitters). It seems like this would be considered a glass of whiskey “straight-up,” but surprisingly, when you order a drink that way, you’re telling the bartender to mix it with ice first.
This way, it’s chilled before straining it into your glass. Ordering your drink ‘neat,’ on the other hand, is literally getting your room temp spirit poured directly from the bottle, into your glass, and then finally down the hatch.
OK -- So It’s a Shot?
No, friends. A whiskey neat is not a shot. Kinda sounds like one, kinda looks like one, but it’s not. And we know what you’re thinking, if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, then it’s a shot of whiskey (rep these vibes in thiscozy hoodie).
But whereas a standard shot of whiskey is usually 1.5 ounces and swallowed in one swift gulp, a whiskey neat is typically served in a lowball cocktail glass, made to be sipped slowly. The goal is to appreciate the whiskey for all its fiery nuances. It may be poured the same way as a shot, but it definitely shouldn’t be consumed the same way.
Want to order a whiskey neat for the first time but don’t think you can handle booze without the mixers? Do it; you’re totally ready-- just take little sips.
At first, it’ll just taste like tongue-numbing liquor, not gonna lie. But with a little bit of practice (whiskey neat training, anyone?), you’ll gradually get used to this and start tasting all those wonderful things that die-hard whiskey fanatics rave about: spicy notes, vanilla, caramel, smoke, peatiness, and on and on.
It’s a great big whiskey world out there, and now you’re finally ready to enjoy it!
Here atFamous In Real Life, we’re pretty big fans of drinking our whiskey neat. That’s why we made this awesometee featuring our favorite drink. Super comfy and unbelievably soft -- even yourcoolbartender friends will be impressed with this shirt.