Jason Littrell of Death & Company

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  • Photograph: Dale May

    Jason Littrell

    Jason Littrell

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Bartender Jason Littrell making an Oaxaca old-fashioned at Death & Company

    Bartender Jason Littrell making an Oaxaca old-fashioned at Death & Company

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Bartender Jason Littrell making an Oaxaca old-fashioned at Death & Company

    Bartender Jason Littrell making an Oaxaca old-fashioned at Death & Company

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Oaxaca old-fashioned at Death & Company

    Oaxaca old-fashioned at Death & Company

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Bartender Jason Littrell at Death & Company

    Bartender Jason Littrell at Death & Company

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Death & Company

    Death & Company

  • Photograph: Roxana Marroquin

    Death & Company

    Death & Company

  • Photograph: Roxana Marroquin

    Death & Company

    Death & Company

Photograph: Dale May

Jason Littrell

Jason Littrell

The talent: Jason Littrell

Where to find him: Saturdays and Sundays at Death & Company (433 E 6th St between First Ave and Ave A; 212-388-0882, deathandcompany.com)

Why you'll dig him: In just a year behind one of the city's most demanding bars, Littrell has earned his cocktail-slinging stripes. He has an infectious enthusiasm that comes from being the new kid on the block, and (having cut his teeth at dive bars and clubs instead of cocktail joints) his bartending war stories involve dance-floor sex and box-cutter stabbings, not mise en place mishaps. That said, if you do slice your finger carving an ice sphere, Littrell's your man—as president of the New York chapter of the United States Bartenders' Guild, he spends his off-hours helping his comrades get health insurance.

He says: "I wouldn't consider myself one of the best bartenders in New York. I'm not even the best bartender at Death & Company. I mean, have you seen them? Those kids are monsters. There's always more to learn.... I still get nervous and excited before each shift."

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