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Posts by Cameron Marceau

Episode 6: Martini – Commentary

Since we started doing the show we’ve located certain scenarios that cocktail stories frequently follow. As far as we know, the scenario that the Martini follows is unique…no other cocktail has the value to our culture that the Martini has. I like to say that we need the Martini more than it needs us. What […]

Episode 79: Like Watching Varnish Dry...

Do you like cocktails that are named after a 19th century varnish? Then step right up to the bar and order a Japalac Cocktail. That’s right folks, nothing says quenching your thirst like old lacquer! This recipe shows up first and only in Albert Stevens Crockett’s Old Waldorf Bar Days (1931). It was another creation […]


Every drink in your favorite movies and TV


I saw Predator in the theater back in 1987 when it first came out. Since then the storyline has continued and expanded and there is always a Predator alien walking around comic cons…this 30 year old film has stayed relevant for a long time. Watching it again I can see why. The story  hasn’t lost […]

Captain America: The First Avenger

I didn’t think I was going to like Captain America. I expected it to lack nuance and the characters to be flat because it was one of the first produced for the MCU and I wasn’t yet aware that Marvel had a new vision for the stories. It surprised me. It had heart and I […]

Episode 5: Margarita – Commentary

This episode was an important turning point in the show. Remember, Jay and I had already produced many episodes together in the 50s and 60s episodes, Mick had joined us relatively recently and we had a formula that was working pretty well. I liked our production; I liked the show. So in this episode Jay […]

Episode 78: Getting Rubbed Out – Jack...

The Jack Rose Cocktail ingredients look like a deconstructed fruit bowl, bringing together Applejack, lemon juice (or sometimes lime juice), and grenadine. Dating back to the early 20th century, Cocktail Bill Boothby appears to have brought it to print, but attributes it to New York bartender R.H. Townes. The name is a bit of a […]

Episode 4: Sidecar – Commentary

First off I need to apologize again for the background music in the front portion of the episode. Bad idea. And I can’t get rid of it without reproducing the episode…and who’s got time for that? The Sidecar is another cocktail that spun out of WWI veterans in Europe and the rise of Prohibition in […]

Episode 77: Gin and Taxes – Income Ta...

It is hard to imagine why you would want to name a drink after something that the great majority of the world hates, but here we are with the Income Tax Cocktail. Harry Craddock appears to be the person who wanted to remind people that the government is coming for your hard-earned money, so you […]

Episode 3: Tom Collins – Commentary

First of all, I am deeply sorry for the state of this episode. This was the 3rd episode I ever recorded back in 2013. In 2015, we came back to this episode to re-record it in the new format. At some point we had decided that the stark silence in the first part of the […]

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