This past Monday evening, hubby and I enjoyed an Irish Whiskey Dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. This restaurant does "theme dinners" every two to three months but this was the first one we had attended -- and a bit reluctantly, as neither of us have really been hard liquor drinkers. Wine, yes. Margaritas, yes. Baileys in some coffee, yes. Straight whiskey? Me? Never. But, with our Irish roots and planning our weekend around hubby's birthday - and seeing the menu ahead of time, we decided to take the plunge.
I figured I'd be okay with the Irish coffee and the dessert drink - but what really surprised me was the "Whiskey Pairing" for the Guinness Stew - "Tullamore Dew muddled with Sun-dried Cherries & Ginger Beer." One sip and I immediately was in the presence of my grandmother and her 5-o'clock highball. Amazing!
(Here's a picture of Gram and me, 4 1/2 years ago, during our birthday week)
Gram, healthy, independent, and active all of her life, lived to be 100 years old. And, every day, at 5 o'clock sharp (believe me, she'd remind you if she was visiting with you and you forgot), she had a highball (bourbon and ginger ale). Just one.
The Tullamore Dew is a blended whiskey which to me, tasted very much like bourbon, and when combined with ginger beer -- well, a highball, it was, in smell, looks, and taste. So after the group toast, I raised my glass again and said a silent, heartfelt "this one's for you, Gram!" Might have to get a bottle of the TD to have on hand for some special 5 o'clocks.