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Best Way to Enjoy the Snow

Take a small brandy snifter, much like this one, and go outside and fill it with snow (white snow only, stay away from the yellow variety). Bring it back inside and slowly fill it with a reasonably good bourbon, in my case Eagle Rare. Mix slowly until no snow is remaining. The end result will be a neat bourbon, slightly chilled. Not bad for a snowed-in winter’s evening.

8 Responses to “Best Way to Enjoy the Snow”

  1. mac says:

    That is not a neat bourbon. It contains water and is therefore an abomination!

    To each, his own. Enjoy your snow. It’s times like these when I particularly relish my decision to move SW.

  2. Sebastian says:

    To me neat can be served with a bit of water, just not with ice. Perhaps that’s not the right definition.

  3. mac says:

    Do you differentiate between neat and straight up?

    And I do agree that you’re only talking a little bit of water, snow being mostly air.

    I am not really a whiskey purist. Take the firewater however you like it. I was just engaging in some good-natured ribbing.

  4. Sebastian says:

    I thought that straight-up was strained over ice and in a stemmed glass?

  5. ctdonath says:

    Man, couldn’t you have posted this BEFORE Atlanta had its once-a-decade snow accumulation a couple weeks ago? Insofar as it’s the wrong way to enjoy bourbon, if you’re gonna be wrong then by all means be _definitively_ wrong.

    Suppose a proper compromise would be to set a shot-glass full out in a snowstorm, waiting until the thinnest layer of ice crusts over the top.

  6. Jennifer says:

    Sounds like a great way to enjoy snow. Would even work with one of the cheap bourbons we’ve been drinking lately. Oh the sacrifices you make for a single income.

  7. Link P says:

    Neat is just liquor. Up is chilled and strained. Straight Up is the quintessential Paula Abdul jam. ;-)

    I usually have my bourbon as a Manhattan (up or rocks, always with Angostura bitters), but your snowy bourbon doesn’t sound bad at all.

    Here’s a good article that breaks down neat, up, straight up, and with a twist.

    http://www.jeffreymorgenthaler.com/2008/up-neat-straight-up-or-on-the-rocks/

  8. ctdonath says:

    Well, in a complete fluke Atlanta got 3″ of perfect white fluffy cold stuff in about 3 hours last Friday. As suggested, filled a snifter with snow and swirled in a shot of Canadian whisky. Marvelous! thanks for the suggestion.

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