Can’t sugarcoat it anymore: it’s cold. Really cold. Summer is long gone and we’re all facing that time of year where it’s dark on Saturday and the 4 o’clock SEC games run the chance of being riddled with rain as if it’s the Big Ten. Gone are the days of drinking porch margaritas and grilling fresh corn on the cob. We’re now just sitting around drinking pumpkin beers and covering our extra fifteen pounds of winter weight with pullovers and chunky sweaters.
But the sneaky best part of fall and winter? You get an excuse to drink whiskey again. That’s right. The ol’ tongue oil. Tornado juice. Gut warmer. Kentucky sheep dip.
Sure, Kid Rock’s classic “All Summer Long” talked about “sipping whiskey out the bottle, not thinking ’bout tomorrow,” but whiskey isn’t inherently a summer drink. And yeah, a whiskey-sour tastes great on a hot summer day. But when it’s all said and done, nothing can truly compare to the warmth you get in your chest when you hunker down in a bar with a fire ripping while it’s snowing sideways outside.
Whether you’re drinking it neat, on the rocks, or with a mixer, you need an airtight soundtrack when you’re getting bent on the brown. Luckily, during an especially cold fall in 2012, I mastercrafted “Untitled” which would soon become the go-to whiskey-pounding playlist my buddy and I would put on at his townhouse after last call when we weren’t ready to pass out and drool on our pillows before waking up with a mind-shattering hangover.
At two hours and change, it’ll take you from last call to past-your-bedtime in a flash. Just make sure you’ve got some prairie dew on-hand that’ll last until you’re done.
Some foot-pounding anthems from the moonshine-runnin’ classic film Lawless? Of course. Some depressing banjo-fueled serenades that may cause your buddy to bring up his ex-girlfriend? Yep. Some high-octaine bar pleasers where the singer sounds like he’s been occupied smoking a pack of Reds? Yep, you’ll find those too. And obviously you have to toss “Atlantic City” on there for good measure, because no playlist is complete with out it.
Grab your favorite old fashioned glass, tumbler, or empty soup can. Turn the speakers up, sip some bourbon, and thank me later. .
If you want to subscribe to Untitled, or the embedded playlist isn’t jiving with your device, look no further than the direct Spotify link.
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