Suck It Up and Drink Whiskey Like a Boss, Here's How

Whiskey cocktails are great, but there’s a better way to drink the spirit

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If you can’t handle this, whiskey isn’t your liquor of choice.

Have you ever watched an old-school movie or television show, featuring an office with an intimidating boss? Or, a series including a man or woman who doesn’t mess around? Chances are, whenever he or she means business, there’s a lowball glass filled with a brown liquid somewhere in the scene. Whether he or she is swirling it around, chugging it before 10 a.m., or drinking it throughout a nail-biting meeting, they’re drinking whiskey; and they’re drinking it like a boss.

The main reason characters like this are usually sipping on whiskey (rather than a beer, or even a cup of vodka), is arguably because whiskey was first billed as a medical substance, making it an acquired taste to sip on solo.

After it was distilled and available to the public in the 1400s, it became popular in countries like Ireland, England, and Scotland before it reached the U.S. Once the states were colonized, this glorious drink crossed the Atlantic Ocean, and Americans jumped on the whiskey train soon after.

Yes, there are plenty of ways to enjoy whiskey as a cocktail. Mix it with bitters and orange slices to make an Old Fashioned, or shake it up with powdered sugar and lemon juice to make a Whiskey Sour.  But if there’s something magazines and websites such as GQ and the Art of Manliness can all agree on, it’s that the only way to drink whiskey like a pro is by pouring it into a glass with ice and nothing else.

Want to drink whiskey like a boss? If your answer is yes, you should probably be drinking it on the rocks.

The accompanying slideshow is provided by Jess Novak.