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Old 09-23-2013, 02:12 PM   #1
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Default Any bartenders? Or drunks... (speech help)

I have to give a demonstration speech and couldn't think of shit. So I was watching a Mad Men rerun and saw Draper making an Old Fashioned for Conrad Hilton. The episode with the racist black face sketch. Anyway, it all connected for me (the intro, conclusion, visual aids) instantly and now I just need the body.

Cards on the table: I rarely, if ever, drink and I have no clue what an Old Fashioned is consisted of or taste like. So I watched all the YouTube videos and think I got the recipe down. Sugar cube+very little water/club soda or 2:1 simple syrup, Angostura bitters, bourbon or rye whiskey, lemon and/or orange peel, and large ice cubes. Basically combine and stir. Simple enough.

What I'm trying to figure out is how you would separate that into, ideally, three separate bodies if you were giving this speech? Maybe four would be okay, probably not two or five+. It doesn't need to be overly complicated. In fact, I don't want it to be. Simpler, the better. I can BS well, but not so much when I have a large group of people staring at me and I don't know much about the topic. About 1 1/2 minutes per body if separated into three of them. Little over a minute if four bodies. So it doesn't need to be, and probably can't, be extensive.

What I initially thought was 1 paragraph about the ingredients. Where to get them, briefly explaining cube or syrup and bourbon or rye (which I don't know the difference yet), and whatever. I can stretch that if needed. And then the 2nd on making the drink. Then, yeah, drawing a blank... Any way to separate the creation of the drink into two paragraphs? Or any ideas to break one of those into another paragraph or add something new entirely? I don't know. Remember, it doesn't need to be very detailed, but I need to be able to talk about the third paragraph for probably a minute and a half.

Help, please.
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Old 09-23-2013, 02:17 PM   #2
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I have to give a demonstration speech and couldn't think of shit. So I was watching a Mad Men rerun and saw Draper making an Old Fashioned for Conrad Hilton. The episode with the racist black face sketch. Anyway, it all connected for me (the intro, conclusion, visual aids) instantly and now I just need the body.

Cards on the table: I rarely, if ever, drink and I have no clue what an Old Fashioned is consisted of or taste like. So I watched all the YouTube videos and think I got the recipe down. Sugar cube+very little water/club soda or 2:1 simple syrup, Angostura bitters, bourbon or rye whiskey, lemon and/or orange peel, and large ice cubes. Basically combine and stir. Simple enough.

What I'm trying to figure out is how you would separate that into, ideally, three separate bodies if you were giving this speech? Maybe four would be okay, probably not two or five+. It doesn't need to be overly complicated. In fact, I don't want it to be. Simpler, the better. I can BS well, but not so much when I have a large group of people staring at me and I don't know much about the topic. About 1 1/2 minutes per body if separated into three of them. Little over a minute if four bodies. So it doesn't need to be, and probably can't, be extensive.

What I initially thought was 1 paragraph about the ingredients. Where to get them, briefly explaining cube or syrup and bourbon or rye (which I don't know the difference yet), and whatever. I can stretch that if needed. And then the 2nd on making the drink. Then, yeah, drawing a blank... Any way to separate the creation of the drink into two paragraphs? Or any ideas to break one of those into another paragraph or add something new entirely? I don't know. Remember, it doesn't need to be very detailed, but I need to be able to talk about the third paragraph for probably a minute and a half.

Help, please.



Bitters, a little sugar or simple syrup, splash of soda, cherry and orance slice. Muddle that shit. then put some ice in there. then you add your bourbon.
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Old 09-23-2013, 02:18 PM   #3
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You can also talk a bit about the history of the drink: who invented it, where, cultural significance or appearances in TV/ movies, etc.
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I have to give a demonstration speech and couldn't think of shit. So I was watching a Mad Men rerun and saw Draper making an Old Fashioned for Conrad Hilton. The episode with the racist black face sketch. Anyway, it all connected for me (the intro, conclusion, visual aids) instantly and now I just need the body.

Cards on the table: I rarely, if ever, drink and I have no clue what an Old Fashioned is consisted of or taste like. So I watched all the YouTube videos and think I got the recipe down. Sugar cube+very little water/club soda or 2:1 simple syrup, Angostura bitters, bourbon or rye whiskey, lemon and/or orange peel, and large ice cubes. Basically combine and stir. Simple enough.

What I'm trying to figure out is how you would separate that into, ideally, three separate bodies if you were giving this speech? Maybe four would be okay, probably not two or five+. It doesn't need to be overly complicated. In fact, I don't want it to be. Simpler, the better. I can BS well, but not so much when I have a large group of people staring at me and I don't know much about the topic. About 1 1/2 minutes per body if separated into three of them. Little over a minute if four bodies. So it doesn't need to be, and probably can't, be extensive.

What I initially thought was 1 paragraph about the ingredients. Where to get them, briefly explaining cube or syrup and bourbon or rye (which I don't know the difference yet), and whatever. I can stretch that if needed. And then the 2nd on making the drink. Then, yeah, drawing a blank... Any way to separate the creation of the drink into two paragraphs? Or any ideas to break one of those into another paragraph or add something new entirely? I don't know. Remember, it doesn't need to be very detailed, but I need to be able to talk about the third paragraph for probably a minute and a half.

Help, please.
Here are the four key components to an old fashioned

Whiskey - The goods
simple syrup - The foundation
bitters - The highlights
fruit, generally citrus (I use the juice and the zest in the drink. Last sat I made some nectarine old fashioneds that were awesome). - The flair
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Bitters, a little sugar or simple syrup, splash of soda, cherry and orance slice. Muddle that shit. then put some ice in there. then you add your bourbon.
****ing soda. What a waste
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I only drink bourbon in the fall/winter. I'll start messing around with different shit.
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I only drink bourbon in the fall/winter. I'll start messing around with different shit.
mostly just ****ing with you. But I like my bourbons how I like my women. Straight, neat, and fiery.
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mostly just ****ing with you. But I like my bourbons how I like my women. Straight, neat, and fiery.

I'm a gin guy but I feel weird drinking it when it's cold out. Do you have a favorite bourbon?

Also I prefer my women bi.
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I'm a gin guy but I feel weird drinking it when it's cold out. Do you have a favorite bourbon?

Also I prefer my women bi.
Fair enough. As for favorites, I tend to drink rye whiskeys and most of the really good ones are out of my price league. For bourbons, I keep a handle of evan williams around, and then various smaller bottles (Makers Mark, Eagle Rare, Ridgemont Reserve, 1792). Most of the mainstream mid-levels (Bullet, etc) are overpriced for what they are. The jim beam small batches (bakers, bookers) are all decent. I also like all of the wild turkey specialty labels.
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Fair enough. As for favorites, I tend to drink rye whiskeys and most of the really good ones are out of my price league. For bourbons, I keep a handle of evan williams around, and then various smaller bottles (Makers Mark, Eagle Rare, Ridgemont Reserve, 1792). Most of the mainstream mid-levels (Bullet, etc) are overpriced for what they are. The jim beam small batches (bakers, bookers) are all decent. I also like all of the wild turkey specialty labels.


whiskey/bourbon is my drink of choice.

the better question for a whiskey person is what is your favorite cheap whiskey?

Mine is Rich & Rare.
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why dont you separate the old fashioned into 4 senses- smell, touch, sight, and taste. Touch could cover the type of glass and using the back of your hand to feel for right temperature, and also the techique of stirring the bar spoon.
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Yeah, I came across the cherry muddling part on some instruction videos. Most of them were what the YouTube people were calling the "original" or "old" old fashioned. No cherries and all you want are the oils from the lemon or orange peel. I'm going with that purely because it's easier to remember. I may change my mind if I find myself needing an extra minute or so.

That senses suggestion is interesting. I can't build the entire speech around that because I just don't know enough about the drink. I could probably uses parts of it as fillers, tho. I probably should try the drink once... and I likely won't.

History idea is what I was going to do until I was told that it shouldn't be part of the speech.

I'll figure this out. Anyone know the difference between rye and bourbon? Reading up and it appears rye is spicer and bourbon is a little sweeter?

Maybe I'll do a prepare part. Ingredients, preparation, and the making as the bodies. Kind of follow the process from the store to the glass. Large ice (read can use muffin pans), maybe go over how to get clear ice cubes, peeling of the orange, and making the syrup?

To be honest, I don't really think the content is all that important. As long as it's accurate (ahem, believable). Most of the grading is about the delivery and what not.

For someone who does drink this: rye or bourbon? orange, lemon, or orange and lemon peel? I think I'm going with the syrup if I do a preparation body.

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