A (safe) additive to whiskey
February 25, 2011 7:26 AM   Subscribe

Little rock-like addition to whiskey - what was it?

Years ago I bought in a supermarket a jar of white pebble-sized irregularly shaped "things" that I added to whiskey (scotch I think). They dissolved in the bottle or glass and I remember it made it taste very smooth and thick and (maybe) a bit sweet. I have never seen or used them since. What was it?
posted by feelinggood to Food & Drink (13 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
 
Rock and rye? Rock candy? AKA sugar?
posted by fixedgear at 7:47 AM on February 25, 2011


Rcok candy.
posted by MrMoonPie at 8:11 AM on February 25, 2011


Or, perhaps, rock candy.
posted by MrMoonPie at 8:11 AM on February 25, 2011


Adding rock candy to rye whiskey is a tradition hundreds of years old in the US. Maybe you added it to Scotch, which, whatever SHINE ON YOU CRAZY DIAMOND. You can do it again; with the resurgence in rye's popularity, rock candy is available in most larger liquor stores. Or in candy stores. Or on the Internets.
posted by Sidhedevil at 8:12 AM on February 25, 2011 [3 favorites]


You can just use granulated sugar. It dissolves faster and more completely than rock sugar (but it doesn't look as cool).
posted by MrMoonPie at 8:13 AM on February 25, 2011


And you know what dissolves even faster than granulated sugar? Maple syrup. That's what I use, and it is delicious.
posted by grizzled at 8:15 AM on February 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


Please don't put maple syrup in Scotch, though. Go to the store and buy some rye if you're going to do that.

I am not just saying this because I'm a purist (though I am a purist). The flavors of Scotch and rye are different. Scotch plus maple syrup = syrupy; rye plus maple syrup=delightfully complex.

I WITHDRAW MY EARLIER PERMISSION TO SHINE ON
posted by Sidhedevil at 8:45 AM on February 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


And simple syrup dissolves even faster.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 8:47 AM on February 25, 2011


A pinch of brown sugar does wonders for cheap rum (though molasses, which you'd think would work, doesn't really).
posted by MrMoonPie at 8:47 AM on February 25, 2011


though molasses, which you'd think would work, doesn't really

Doubly hysterical because most rum is made from molasses.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:06 AM on February 25, 2011


Sorry - but what's rock candy?
posted by feelinggood at 12:52 PM on February 25, 2011


Rock candy is basically large sugar crystals. Sometimes you can buy it--as you probably did--where it's been polished and had its edges smoothed; more commonly, it's sold in chunks or on sticks or stings, with large, sharp-edged crystals around the stick.

You can make rock candy at home by dissolving table sugar in water, then pouring the sugar-water into a jar. Dunk a string in the sugar water, roll the string in sugar, and then suspend the string over the jar so that it's hanging into the water. Leave it sit for a week, then remove the string, and like magic, you've got rock candy.
posted by MeghanC at 1:46 PM on February 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Or if your lazy and will to pay, you can get it from Amazon here
posted by rtimmel at 1:59 PM on February 25, 2011


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