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March 27th marks a beloved occasion for whiskey enthusiasts worldwide – International Whiskey Day. It’s a celebration of craftsmanship, tradition, and the diverse flavors that this beloved spirit offers. Whether you’re a seasoned connoisseur or just beginning your whiskey journey, there’s something special about exploring the world through the lens of whiskey.


1. Scottish Whiskey – Whiskey-Infused Cranachan:

Start our journey in the heartland of whiskey – Scotland. Indulge in a classic Scottish dessert with a whiskey twist. Whiskey-infused Cranachan combines traditional ingredients like oats, raspberries, honey, and cream with a generous splash of your favorite Scottish single malt.

– 1 cup rolled oats
– 1/4 cup Scottish whiskey (such as Glenfiddich or Glenlivet)
– 2 cups fresh raspberries
– 1/4 cup honey
– 1 cup heavy cream
– Toasted almonds for garnish

1. Toast the rolled oats in a dry skillet over medium heat until golden brown and fragrant.
2. In a bowl, mix the toasted oats with the whiskey and let it sit for 10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
3. In another bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
4. Gently fold the whiskey-infused oats into the whipped cream.
5. Layer the whiskey cream mixture with fresh raspberries in serving glasses.
6. Drizzle honey over the top and garnish with toasted almonds.
7. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.


2. American Bourbon – Whiskey BBQ Ribs:

Next stop, the United States, where bourbon reigns supreme. Combine the rich, smoky flavors of bourbon with tender, succulent ribs for a mouthwatering barbecue experience that’s perfect for any celebration.

– 2 racks of pork ribs
– Salt and pepper to taste
– 1 cup bourbon whiskey
– 1 cup BBQ sauce
– 1/4 cup brown sugar
– 2 cloves garlic, minced
– 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
– 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

1. Preheat your grill or smoker to 225°F (107°C).
2. Season the ribs generously with salt and pepper.
3. In a saucepan, combine the bourbon, BBQ sauce, brown sugar, minced garlic, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper (if using). Simmer over low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Place the seasoned ribs on the grill/smoker and cook low and slow for 4-5 hours, or until the meat is tender and pulls away from the bones.
5. During the last hour of cooking, baste the ribs with the whiskey BBQ sauce every 15 minutes, allowing the flavors to caramelize.
6. Once done, remove the ribs from the grill, let them rest for a few minutes, then slice and serve with extra sauce on the side.


3. Irish Whiskey – Whiskey-Infused Chocolate Truffles:

Our final destination is Ireland, known for its smooth and versatile whiskey. Elevate the classic chocolate truffle with a hint of Irish whiskey for a decadent treat that’s perfect for indulging your sweet tooth.

– 8 oz (225g) semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
– 1/2 cup heavy cream
– 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
– 2 tablespoons Irish whiskey (such as Jameson)
– Cocoa powder, chopped nuts, or shredded coconut for coating

1. Place the finely chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl.
2. In a saucepan, heat the heavy cream and butter over medium heat until it just begins to simmer.
3. Pour the hot cream mixture over the chopped chocolate and let it sit for a minute to soften the chocolate.
4. Gently stir the chocolate mixture until smooth and glossy.
5. Stir in the Irish whiskey until fully incorporated.
6. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the mixture for at least 2 hours, or until firm.
7. Once chilled, use a spoon or melon baller to scoop out small portions of the chocolate mixture and roll them into balls.
8. Roll the truffles in cocoa powder, chopped nuts, or shredded coconut to coat.
9. Store the truffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.