At Art Beyond the Glass at the world famous Los Globos in Silver Lake, Kim and Ben are joined by guests Zahra Bates, Daniel Djang, Clare Ward, the people behind Art Beyond the Glass. We’re talking the Old Pal today. If you’re at home you’ll need a mixing glass, a mixing spoon, ice, equal parts rye whiskey, dry vermouth, campari. One ounce of each, throw it in the mixing glass with ice, stir it up and strain over a chunk of ice, or if you prefer, drink it straight up! With ice, as the ice melts, the flavors, the dilution of the drink will change. Pay attention the the proof of the base spirit. Last week was Negroni week, and we want to keep the party going. The Old Pal, originated by Harry Craddock, it is a Negroni variation, the same man who made the Boulevardier, different aged bourbon, so it will hit different parts of your palette. Zara Bates, who used to be the bar manager Providence. Daniel Djang, who works for Discover LA. LA Bartender Clare Ward, works over at Hippo says about Negroni variations, “They whet your appetite, open up your palette and lubricate your conversation. Art Beyond the Glass is in its eighth year with some of the biggest brands in the industry taking part. Chris Day, Julian Cox, former LA bartenders were in the house and the organization of the event was superb. Super cool bars with super cool themes showed up at Art Beyond the Glass this year, putting up pop up bars, very experiential, to support Beautify Earth, a charity that supports improvements to Los Angeles to create murals all over the city, Pete Jones from ERB will design a mural with a team and the money raised from Art Beyond the Glass will go to the supplies and the education behind Beautify Earth. Listen to the origin of how Art Beyond the Glass and the complexities of Cognac from Zara, an ambassador for Courvoisier Cognac came to be on Equal Parts: A Bartending Podcast About Cocktails.
Kim Stodel and Ben Molina explore the history and construction of the Old Fashioned cocktail. The ultimate cocktail, a progenitor. After Cinco de Mayo, top two cocktails of all time. A simple, elegant, perfect cocktail. A boozy cocktail, nowhere to hide. Mad Men season 2, old fashioned was social currency, someone ordered an old fashioned manhattan, sheepishly not knowing what they were. Kim talks Ben's old fashioned back in his Yard days, with bunny ear garnishes. Had a bartending moment, making four at a time, assembly line style, using Fee Brothers bitters instead of Angostura. Imbibe book by David Wondrich tells us the history of the old fashioned. Even though the stories are convoluted, Wondrich's story tells of the 1860's in New York City, passing by word of mouth, printed in the New York Times in an article talking about bartenders making drinks "the old fashioned way." A response to the rise of cocktail culture, turning up their noses to whisky sours and brandy crustas and wanting cocktails with booze, bitters and a lump of sugar. Lumpy's Sugar presents Equal Parts. The old fashioned was a reaction to what was happening of the day. The whiskey sours and brandy crustas were the disruptors of the day. An infinitely adaptable cocktail, and that's what making cocktails is all about.