The Second Story Liquor Bar to Feature A Whiskey School and Tasting to Mark National Bourbon Day

| June 6, 2014 | Calendar

One of Old Town Scottsdale’s craftiest concepts, the Second Story Liquor Bar, will be holding a Whiskey School and Tasting on June 14th to celebrate National Bourbon Day.

This misunderstood spirit will be unveiled to the students by Second Story Liquor Bar’s (SSLB) resident Whiskey Man, John Christie through a brief history lesson and demonstration of multiple bourbon cocktails. Savory snacks will accompany the whiskey tastings with a possible quiz and prizes for the top pupils!

Bourbon enthusiasts and whiskey newbies are all welcome to get on a first name basis with America’s native spirit.

“We want people to feel comfortable with bourbon and not be intimated by it,” Christie says. “It’s going to be a fun and easygoing environment for people to learn how to pair whiskey and create delicious cocktails.”

2 SUGAR cubes
Angostura Bitters
2 lemon peels.

Place 2 sugar cubes on black cocktail napkin over a double old fashioned glass and soak with Angostura bitters. Drop into glass, place 2 lemon peels, muddle peels with sugar, add two ice cubes, bourbon and begin to stir. Stir while adding ice to glass to achieve correct consistency.

The Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail: The first arguments over drink recipes and composition no doubt revolved around the presentation and delivery of this early cocktail. The longevity of this drink is under no debate. It was old fashioned back in 1895 when it appeared in Kappeler’s Modern American Drinks: How to Mix and Serve All Kinds Of Cups and Drinks. His recipe called for dissolving a lump of sugar with a little water then adding Angostura bitters, a small piece of ice, a lemon peel, and a jigger of whiskey.

Historically, this is the correct way to make an Old Fashioned. Neither water nor soda water belong in an Old Fashioned. I repeat this again for those nodding off, NO water, charged or otherwise, belong in an Old Fashioned. The fruit salad question is also a sticky one, many people over the last 100 years have come to expect the introduction of an orange and cherry to their Old Fashioned’s, but here at 2nd story we are sticking to the original recipe. Does that mean we can’t make a nice Whiskey Cocktail with fresh orange slices and Amarena cherries, of course not. But we don’t refer to this as an Old Fashioned at SSLB - just Buffalo Trace bourbon, sugar, bitters and citrus.


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