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Episode 73: Off the Rim – The Brandy ...

Some say the Brandy Crusta is distinct enough to be considered an entirely different type of drink than a cocktail. Others say it is just a variation on or an evolution of a true cocktail. When it really comes down to it, having this kind of argument is just going to end up with you […]

Episode 72: Exploring All Avenues – T...

This was a fun episode.  The cocktail itself had a fairly ordinary background, so we made the most of it by disparaging passion fruit and spotlighting the UK Bartenders’ Guild. The drink itself appears first (and only) in the Cafe Royal cocktail book which for the first time we discuss as part of the drinks […]

Episode 61: A Little Diki-Diki – The...

Episode 61:  A Little Diki-Diki – The Diki-Diki Cocktail

The Diki-Diki Cocktail is so unusual in so many respects. First of all, the name makes you want to try it.  It’s this aspect of childishness mixed uncomfortably with adult content.  The very sound of the name makes you kind of squeamish and so you have to see what it is. Second, the ingredients aren’t […]

Episode 60: Derby Town – The Derby Co...

So having done the Mint Julep, what more is there to say about derbies? We take a look at the Derby Cocktail which poses a few problems when trying to talk history about it. First, there are numerous recipes for Derby Cocktails, and none seem to be related to the others. Second, derby could be […]

Episode 59: Hitting a Delicious Sour ...

        The Delicious Sour. I like a cocktail that tells you all you need to know right in the name. Sours are a family of cocktail going back a long way, with notable features of putting a lime or lemon peel in the glass and an egg white. We also dive into […]

Episode 57: When Life Gives You Larah...

The Curacao Punch is generally attributed to Harry Johnson, and if you spell it the correct way of “Curacao” it is the earliest it shows up in a recipe book. However, if you spell it “Curacoa” then Jerry Thomas printed it first in his recipe book. I thought he might have just spelled it wrong, […]

Episode 56: Two Men and a Cocktail &#...

The Crimean Cup a la Marmora is a punch with a whole lot of ingredients. Rather than being dreamed up in a bar, this one was the work of Alexis Soyer, a famous 19th century chef. Soyer took an interesting path for someone who served as the chef to nobles in England. A culinary innovator, he […]

Episode 55: A Communist Party – The C...

We are going to go out on a limb and say that the Communist Cocktail is probably named after Communists. Nothing states it definitively, but…Communist. This drink calls for Cherry Bounce in the original recipe, an old cordial made from sour cherries, the pits, sugar and spices. Cherry Bounce: the 19th century’s answer to Kool-Aid! […]

Episode 54: No Sleep Til Brooklyn – T...

In this episode we take a look at the Brooklyn cocktail, which looks to be the product of Jack Grohusko from the early part of the 20th century. Most cocktails take some wondering and digging and guessing in order to figure out why a bartender gave it a particular name. With the Brooklyn, we go […]

Episode 53: Fool’s Paradise ...

Episode 53: Fool’s Paradise – The Blue Paradise

  The Blue Paradise, like many cocktails with blue in the name, is not blue. The ingredients must be blue then, right? Nope, purple, red and brown and we can pretty much guarantee that the mixing of these colors do not make blue either. This non-blue drink is credited to a Belgian bartender by the name […]