5 Tips from Adrian Xu of Alcove bar, China

By Forest Collins  

As head bartender at Alcove, Adrian Xu adds his personal touch to the Chinese cocktail scene.  Past experience in high end hotels like the Ritz-Carlton and Mandarin oriental attests to his level of customer service. While his previous work at Hope & Sesame – which made recent lists of the Asia’s top 50 bars – are proof of his creative cocktail skills.

Adrian’s Five Tips for an Old Fashioned: 

1) For more control over dilution stir separately before pouring into glass over a large ice cube.

2) Use syrup instead of sugar for a richer flavor profile that isn’t too sweet.

3) Match your garnish to your base spirit – for example, use a lemon peel with a rye old fashioned, but not necessarily with a bourbon old fashioned.

4) Be thoughtful about your bitters and try different ones depending on the recipe.

5) Most importantly: always use an old fashioned glass.

Adrian’s Old Fashioned

  • 45 ml Dried apricot infused Havana Club 7
  • 20 ml Japanese whiskey
  • 4 dashes Angostura Aromatic bitters
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • 7 ml Amaretto

Stir over ice and pour over a large ice block.

Garnish with one small verveine leaf and/or a cherry

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