As a software trainer, Nick Hedberg travels the country, often ending his day in a bar where he orders his favorite cocktail: an Old Fashioned.
When he’s home, the St. Paul man drives across town to Eat Street Social for its version of the classic. Called the “Older Fashioned,” the $12 cocktail blends four small-batch bourbons, gourmet sugar and bitters, poured over a solid cylinder of clear ice that fits neatly inside the tumbler.
“I call this the best Old Fashioned in the country, and I’m in a position to know,” Hedberg said.
Eat Street Social has claimed its place on the local craft cocktail scene, with the “Older Fashioned” as its signature drink. Distinctive ice is part of the cocktail’s allure.
“When our guests order that drink, they expect to get that rock in that glass,” said Keith Werner, manager of the Minneapolis bar