By Carl Hanson

Whiskey, it's a global affair. Americans might imagine whiskey was invented solely to slake the thirst of dust-bitten settlers on the American frontier. But the Irish have been making some pretty keen whiskeys for more than 500 years. And let's not forget the Scots, who spell it "whisky" and with whom the Irish have a centuries-old running argument over who invented the stuff. And then there are the Canadians, who blend a fair batch themselves (and follow the Scottish spelling). The Japanese, of course, are making some tasty whiskeys, too. However you spell it, the world has a thirst for whiskey.

Bottles of Whiskey | Photo by Meredith

For more on American whiskey and cocktail culture, check out Classic Whiskey Cocktails: American Style. For a taste of world whiskeys, though, let's go on a sippin' safari...

Irish Whiskey

Made of barley, Irish whiskey's a triple-distilled tipple that's smooth and mild. These Irish whiskey cocktails will have you singing "Too-ra-loo-ra-li."

Top-Rated Irish Whiskey Cocktails

Booze Foods: A Few Favorite Irish Recipes

Pair your Irish whiskey with one of these tasty Irish treats.

Scotch Whisky

What could be more Scottish than Scots making Scotch in Scotland? They malt their whisky over a peat fire, which adds smoky, peaty flavors -- and burns off the "e" in whiskey.

Drams of Whiskey | Photo by Meredith

Top-Rated Scotch Whisky Cocktails

Some Favorite Scottish Recipes

Try these recipes next time you're knocking back a dram or two of Scotch.

Canadian Whiskey

Canada's long, cold winter evenings were custom-made for a smooth, body-warming whiskey. Canadian whiskeys are usually blends of whiskeys, usually some mix of rye, barley, and corn whiskeys.

Photo by Meredith

Top-Rated Canadian Whiskey Cocktails

Our Favorite Canadian Recipes

Just a little something to nibble on as you sip your Canadian whiskey.

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