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Drink Tip of the Week: Old Fashioned

Master bartender Jason Schiffer gives a fresh twist on the Old Fashioned cocktail, 'America's Gift to the culinary world.'

This is the fifth video in a weekly series showcasing the art of cocktail mixing, courtesy of 320 Main restaurant owner and bartender, Jason Schiffer.

The first known definition of the word "cocktail" appeared in an 1806 edition of The Balance and Columbia Repository. An editor explained it as "a potent concoction of spirits, bitters, water and sugar"—the cornerstones for the Old Fashioned. 

Two centuries later, bartenders such as 320 Main's Jason Schiffer remain loyal to the venerable drink, but variations abound. Schiffer uses bourbon for his spirit and tops the cocktail with citrus.

"It's about aromatics. Just like a glass of wine, you want to smell it first."

Up next on Drink Tip of the Week: martini.

KC September 23, 2011 at 04:42 PM
I swear the old fashioned is one of the most commonly screwed up drinks when I go out. For some twisted reason the bartenders want to add club soda to it so that it is a full glass.
tinytom September 23, 2011 at 05:26 PM
Mother's in the kitchen washing out the jugs, Sister's in the pantry bottling the suds, Father's in the cellar mixing up the hops, Johnny's on the front porch watching for the cops. -Old time Prohibition song
Paige Austin September 23, 2011 at 10:40 PM
Funny song. I think this weekend is the season premiere of HBO's prohibition era show, "Boardwalk Empire." The Old Fashioned could be a good watch party drink.
Angel Garcia September 24, 2011 at 12:19 AM
Jason uses all the tools that came with my bartending set that I never knew what to do with!
Nancy Wride (Editor) September 24, 2011 at 06:31 AM
It makes me want to dust off the tiki bar to toast the Fall.
enea ostrich September 24, 2011 at 04:44 PM
That was entertainment;not just a drink. That's what I love about yesteryear:) Something always good was stirring and a LOT was happening. People didn't mind waiting for their drink and when it came they sipped it slowly, for that was the whole point. My husband and I have tried all the other bars in Seal Beach--now it's time to try 320 Main!

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