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Episode 91: Like Mother Used to Make – Mother-In-Law Cocktail

The Mother-in-Law Cocktail is a tricky one to discuss. It is a family recipe out of New Orleans, and the ingredients are in great proportions to make it something you store in a bottle. This drink calls for New Orleans staple Peychaud’s Bitters, Angostura, Bitters, Amer Picon, Orange Curacao, simple syrup, maraschino liqueur, and Bourbon. Just short of every booze possible.

So, with nothing to go on as far a history of this cocktail we talk about, you guessed it, Mother-in-laws! Join us as we discuss the long-running mother-in-law jokes and stereotypes with roots in Vaudeville and the transition to other entertainment mediums, possibilities of where this trope might have originated, and whether there is any cultural truth behind overbearing mother-in-laws.

The recipe is:

  • 1 tsp Peychaud’s Bitters
  • 1 tsp Angostura Bitters
  • 1 tsp Amer Picon
  • 0.5 oz orange curacao
  • 0.5 oz simple syrup
  • 0.5 oz maraschino
  • 9 oz bourbon

The Mother In Law cocktail with the Tasting Team at Ward Eight.

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Transition music: Cephalopod by Kevin MacLeod
Closing Music: Mothership Trip by Scott Nice

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