I was talking to my mother last weekend about my new(-ish) nephew. She told me that she relayed the news about the recall of Children’s Tylenol to my sister, and this is a product she’s been using a lot lately since my nephew is beginning the teething process. I wondered aloud why she wasn’t using whisk(e)y as a teething aid. Not a dram, silly, just a drop on the mother’s finger, rubbed on the gums of the tyke, as a local anesthetic.
My mother said she used to do that, and it made me happy to think that my first whisk(e)y experience happened before I could speak. 🙂 It was almost certainly Bourbon whiskey for two reasons: This was in the mid-60s, in America (from what I know, single-malts weren’t widely appreciated then — outside of Scotland, that is!), and 2) my Dad never cared for Scotch.
What other unusual uses for whisk(e)y are there?