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Episode 64: The Sun Never Sets – The East India Cocktail


The East India Cocktail was first noted by Harry Johnson who claimed in his book in 1882 that this was a popular drink in among the British in India. It was hard to find any truth behind this, but it certainly sounds imperialistic. As we dive into East India Cocktail we discuss the long European colonial presence in the East, corporate interests evolving into national interests, as well as mutinies and rebellions.

Come join us as we explore why this brandy-based cocktail might have been popular in India, some weird Canadian temperance poetry and the disgusting possibility of maraschino olives. Ewww. (Trademark maraschino olives.)

The cocktail ingredients are as follows:

  • 3 oz – brandy
  • 1/2 oz – raspberry syrup
  • 1 dash – Angostura Bitters
  • 1 teaspoon – orange curacao
  • 1 teaspoon – maraschino liqueur


This drink was definitely well appreciated by the group.  It was sweet yet still complex and having so much brandy in it made it one of the “cool kids.”  By the end of the show we were all a little happier than usual.

Transition music: Cephalopod by Kevin MacLeod
Closing Music: Paddy Lay Back by Sons of Erin

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