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Episode 10: The Daiquiri – Commentary


With the Daiquiri episode we come to the first one where I read a book to support the show content.  Now to be exact, this isn’t the first episode I read a book for, but it’s the first one that I went back and replaced old content where I did read a book.  Episode 40 […]

Episode 9: Cuba Libre – Commentary

Initially the Cuba Libre episode concerned me because I didn’t think it was going to turn up much. It’s a rum and Coke. You don’t think of it as a cocktail, however, if you consider it, the mix isn’t that far off from a Tom Collins, they’re both long drinks using a lot of a […]

Episode 7: Aviation – Commentary

This episode is just embarrassing. Jay did a fantastic job researching the cocktail and laid out the story pretty well…at the time I don’t think I quite understood it. The problem is that the variations that we’re juggling are the first version, the traditional/popular version, and the likely version and you have to pay close […]

Episode 7: Gimlet – Commentary

The Gimlet situation is another unique one that I don’t think we’ve encountered in any other drinks we’ve discussed. The drink’s name has two really great and possible origin stories, but only one of them is tied to the actual origins of the drink. When I first looked at this drink I did a quick […]

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 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 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 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 […]

Episode 2: French 75 – Commentary

The French 75 episode was the point where I had a couple of realizations in the production of the show. So Jay and I actually recorded this episode prior to episode #1. I don’t exactly recall why exactly,  but I think we were more prepared with the French 75 content before we were ready with […]

Episode 1: Manhattan – Commentary

Welcome everyone to our first episode of the cocktail era history podcast Monster in a Glass. Please subscribe on iTunes and Google services and spread the word about the show. A little background on how the show generated. In 2013 the sudden shocking realization that I had never had a Manhattan occurred to me and […]