Craft cocktail student shares notes on fall favorites

Two-time alum and Easy Bistro Bar Manager Alex Jump recently teamed up with fellow participant Eric Bennett Jr. — a Birmingham, Alabama, native named one of Beverage Media's 2016 Bartenders to Watch — to spend a Sunday at Easy crafting original, fall-inspired cocktails based on their educational experiences.

As students across the country filed into colleges and universities for a new crop of classes this fall, the nation's top bartenders convened at their own institution of higher learning, the Bar Institute of Portland in Portland, Oregon, for Portland Cocktail Week.

Two-time alum and Easy Bistro Bar Manager Alex Jump recently teamed up with fellow participant Eric Bennett Jr. - a Birmingham, Alabama, native named one of Beverage Media's 2016 Bartenders to Watch - to spend a Sunday at Easy crafting original, fall-inspired cocktails based on their educational experiences.

Our favorite concoctions include the Varsity Jacket, a room-temperature cocktail blending Belle Meade Bourbon, the Italian aperitif Zucca and Amontillado sherry that feels just right as football season gets into full swing and cooler fall air starts to creep in. "It's the first cocktail I've done at room temperature, which is an up-and-coming trend on cocktail menus," Jump says.