Essentials, Journal

Whiskey

It was Ernest Hemingway who said, “Write drunk, edit sober.” I suppose that’s why I felt I could drink while I was writing this. The only problem is that you may know that this quote has been widely debunked.

If that means whiskey and writing don’t mix, then when exactly should you pour yourself a tumbler? Certain social gatherings come to mind, of course, but I like to do something else with my liquor.

I recently bought a bottle in preparation for the birth of my first child. I drank a glass when she arrived. Admittedly, it was several days later. Weeks, actually. When things finally calmed down a bit.

I plan to drink another tumbler on Father’s Day. (It just so happens that this is the next significant milestone.) The purpose of this way of drinking is to mark an occasion. It’s not necessary to become inebriated. Although a little buzz wouldn’t hurt.

Whiskey should be enjoyed and savored. I believe this so much that I’ve invested in a set of sphere-shaped ice molds. I’ve also been gifted a few whiskey stones. I’ve yet to try them, but I will.

Having a drink is not about achieving drunkenness. It can be an event. If I wanted, I could use a Sharpie to mark each occasion on the actual bottle. And it could become a sort of liquid journal.

When it comes to drinking whiskey, I look forward to fall the most. The first day of the season itself may be reason enough to indulge. Thanksgiving certainly will. And for Christmas… Well, this year, I’m eager to try a recipe for Whiskey Eggnog. And, to be perfectly honest, I’m not even that big a fan of eggnog. (I wasn’t “that big a fan of eggnog” because I hadn’t tried it. And now that I’ve tried it, I like it. I love it. But I think I prefer whiskey straight or sour rather than sweet.)

photo: Michael Mroczek

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Justin Meckes is a writer and filmmaker living in Durham, NC. His stories have been published in various online journals and magazines. He has ghostwritten a sci-fi novel and is the author of several children's books. You can reach him by sending an email to contact@justinmeckes.com.