If you have a bottle of whiskey on hand and you’re trying to figure out what else to do with it besides sip it straight, a new book, Whiskey: A Spirited Story with 75 Classic & Original Cocktails, by Michael Dietsch, may help you out. In addition to explanations about how whiskey is made and how the various types differ, Whiskey also explains how to mix them into cocktails. Spoiler alert: They’re not as different as you may think.
“Think of the world’s great whiskeys as cousins on a family tree,” says Dietsch. “For all of their differences, they’re very much related. And once you understand the subtleties of one whiskey, you can learn the nuances of them all.”