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Serving up Season 4 of Lush Life

9/9/2019
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September has come ‘round and I am bursting with enthusiasm. So in that state of mind, Season 4 of Lush Life - The Classic Collection will commence next Tuesday . I’m Susan Schwartz, your drinking companion, and this is Lush Life Podcast, every week we are inspired to live life one cocktail at a time by the best in the industry. The Classic Collection...hmm what’s that I hear you asking yourself? Well, Season 4 is bringing it all down to basics. Why you may ask? I’ve been busy all summer...

Duration:00:03:43

How to make the best drinks in Trentino

7/22/2019
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Trentino, nestled in the Alps, welcomes each and every guest with a glass of Bollincine Da Montagna translated as Mountain Bubbles but officially known as Trentodoc - their splendid sparkling wine. But what else is there to drink in this gorgeous northern region of Italy. I’m Susan Schwartz, your drinking companion, and this is Lush Life Podcast, every week we are inspired to live life one cocktail at a time by the best in the industry. Today we get to meet a few people who are making the...

Duration:00:32:51

How to make a great rum cocktail

7/15/2019
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Meeting in primary school doesn’t always predict a future business career together, but in the case of our guests today, it most certainly did. They also went to the same prep school, university and lived together in London...oh and did I mention they both love rum! I’m Susan Schwartz, your drinking companion, and this is Lush Life Podcast, every week we are inspired to live life one cocktail at a time by the best in the industry. Alex Jollivet and Tom Wiggett also drank together and while...

Duration:00:41:49

How to design cocktails that are irresistible

7/8/2019
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A hotel was destined to be our guest’s second home from the time he first stepped into one when he was a little boy. Now Fabio Pezzini is all grown up and behind the bar at one of London’s premier hotels right in the center of it all. I’m Susan Schwartz, your drinking companion, and this is Lush Life Podcast, every week we are inspired to live life one cocktail at a time by the best in the industry. The Polo Bar at the Westbury Hotel has seen and heard it all. From bowler hats to Beatles...

Duration:00:55:47

How to run a successful bar in Charleston

7/1/2019
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Can you imagine a state where in every bar all that was served were airplane mini-bottles of spirits? So you order an old-fashioned and they take the tiny bottle of JD off the shelf, unscrew it, add sugar and bitters and that’s it. Only order, unscrew, serve for every cocktail! Crazy talk...yet that was South Carolina until 2006 - yes 2006. I’m Susan Schwartz, your drinking companion, and this is Lush Life Podcast, every week we are inspired to live life one cocktail at a time by the best...

Duration:00:41:56

How to make apple cider at home

6/24/2019
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Don’t ever call someone’s idea crazy - you’ll probably end up eating your words or in this case drinking them. Our guest today knew that cider was not just for crepes and galettes any more and when he heard the French government was paying farmers to chop down apple trees in his home region of Normandy, he knew the time was now. I’m Susan Schwartz, your drinking companion, and this is Lush Life Podcast, every week we are inspired to live life one cocktail at a time by the best in the...

Duration:00:31:51

How to answer when the Connaught comes calling

6/17/2019
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Before we head into the Connaught Bar, I want to make sure you know this is a two parter. Did you listen to part 1 of Ago Perrone’s story? Then, you know, he is Director of Mixology for the Connaught Bar. If you are flummoxed and have no idea what I’m talking about then head back to last week’s episode where you can hear the beginning of Ago’s journey. If you’re set, then let’s head to Mayfair, Carlos Place to be exact and one of my favorite hotels in the world. I’m Susan Schwartz, your...

Duration:00:33:18

How to convey your personal experience in a cocktail

6/10/2019
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I felt right at home with my next guest, even though we had never met. The Connaught Hotel is a place I have been returning to since I was a child. As my parent’s port of call when visiting London, The Connaught has seen me roam its halls, sleep in its beds and also try smoked salmon for the first time in the now legendary dining room.. We only stopped staying there because now I live in London. Meeting Ago Perrone, Director of Mixology for the Connaught Bar, was like being reintroduced to...

Duration:00:36:26

How to know which rum to drink in Antigua

6/3/2019
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My friend and fellow podcaster Palle Bo, the Radio Vagabond, tells me that I don’t reveal enough about myself on Lush Life. I am slightly reticent to do that as I want it to be all about my guests. Still I will keep trying little by little I’m Susan Schwartz, your drinking companion who lives in London by the way, and this is Lush Life Podcast, every week we are inspired to live life one cocktail at a time by the best in the industry. I wouldn’t have not met my next guest if I hadn’t been...

Duration:00:33:24

How to create two successful brands in a row

5/27/2019
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Creating one successful brand is hard enough, but two - well as our guest today, Alex Carlton discovered, it’s just as exciting the second time round. I’m Susan Schwartz, your drinking companion, and this is Lush Life Podcast, every week we are inspired to live life one cocktail at a time by the best in the industry. I met with Alex on his birthday a few weeks ago, having just received the best gift an entrepreneur could. A fantastic review of his Stryyk Not Rum. STRYYK, the distilled...

Duration:00:35:43

How to make bourbon out of 100% corn

5/20/2019
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When someone says their bourbon is made with 100% corn - you can’t really believe them can you? You can if it’s our guest today. Scott Blackwell of High Wire Distilling Company wanted to create a spirit that was different, but how do you even start? I’m Susan Schwartz, your drinking companion, and this is Lush Life Podcast, every week we are inspired to live life one cocktail at a time by the best in the industry. Winner of the Best of the South award from Garden and Gun Magazine this year...

Duration:00:46:22

How to reestablish an over 280-year-old Gin Brand

5/13/2019
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So you know that your family once owned a gin company and some pubs, but how surreal would it be to find it was not just any gin company but one of the most important brands in the UK ever. Even arguably the oldest. I’m Susan Schwartz, your drinking companion, and this is Lush Life Podcast, every week we are inspired to live life one cocktail at a time by the best in the industry. Milo Walker, Brand Ambassador and heir to Nicholson Gin, discovered that his family produced not only...

Duration:00:24:18

How to be the first female bartender at Dukes Bar

5/6/2019
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Can you say that one gelato changed your life? For our next guest, being served an ice cream cone introduced her to the world of hospitality and she never looked back. From the age of 12, Mariantonietta Varamo has been on a fast track to making her dreams come true. Thank goodness for us, she choose to be behind the bar. I’m Susan Schwartz, your drinking companion, and this is Lush Life Podcast, every week we are inspired to live life one cocktail at a time by the best in the...

Duration:00:33:11

How to open a bar & launch a new product at the same time

4/29/2019
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Strawberries only on Sunday could be the name of one of her cocktails, but as our guest today revealed her grandfather would truly only allow his strawberry jam to be enjoyed as a treat on Sunday. The strawberry season in Norway is only three weeks after all and he made jam so they could eat them all year round and that meant having a little bit only on Sunday to make it last. I’m Susan Schwartz, your drinking companion, and this is Lush Life Podcast, every week we are inspired to live life...

Duration:01:06:50

How to be seduced by the Italian lifestyle

4/15/2019
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It’s so easy to be seduced by the italian way of life. Long lunches, great food, weather, wine and all of august off on holiday. Rob Patchett fell for it in a big way and a gap year turned into nine years that would change his life. I’m Susan Schwartz, your drinking companion, and this is Lush Life Podcast, every week we are inspired to live life one cocktail at a time by the best in the industry. What Rob learned in Italy would stay with him for the rest of his career. Even when he...

Duration:00:40:33

Take the Maker’s Mark Distillery Tour!

4/8/2019
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Can you ever have enough bourbon? Not as far as I am concerned. Therefore after a trip to Glendalough, we are heading straight back to Kentucky. This time to take a tour of Maker’s Mark Distillery - virtually. I’m Susan Schwartz, your drinking companion, and this is Lush Life Podcast, every week we are inspired to live life one cocktail at a time by the best in the industry. When I say a tour, I mean a tour. Today the lovely Matty will guide us through the ins and outs of the Maker’s Mark...

Duration:00:31:01

How to start Ireland’s first craft distillery

4/1/2019
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Poitin isn’t something to hide behind all the other bottles anymore. Gary Mcloughlin and his fellow co-founders of Glendalough Distillery in Wicklow, Ireland knew it was to be the first spirit that they had to make when establishing Ireland’s first craft distillery. If you don’t know what it is, then now is your chance to find out. I’m Susan Schwartz, your drinking companion, and this is Lush Life Podcast, every week we are inspired to live life one cocktail at a time by the best in the...

Duration:00:53:30

How to find the original Old-Fashioned

3/25/2019
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The Old-Fashioned is one of the most iconic cocktails on the planet. Adored by Bourbon-lovers world-wide. Three simple ingredients - bourbon, sugar, and bitters, and a bit of fruit have wowed them since the 19th century. A billion variations have popped up especially in these cocktail-crazed times, but the true recipe is just perfection and hard to top. Today’s episode we see how the Old-Fashioned came to be, and that could only begin in one town - Louisville, Kentucky. I’m Susan Schwartz,...

Duration:00:25:26

How to bottle cocktails that will have them wanting more

3/18/2019
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Sometimes the worlds collide and two people not only find each other but also speak the same language. The language that Charles Roche and Eleanor Holcroft speak is cocktail creation. I’m Susan Schwartz, your drinking companion, and this is Lush Life Podcast, every week we are inspired to live life one cocktail at a time by the best in the industry. Charles and Eleanor who, from the depths of their underground kitchen, have concocted Jam Doughnut Negronis, Chicken Dumpling Martinis and...

Duration:00:53:02

How hard work can lead to the perfect Irish coffee

3/11/2019
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It really was just a coincidence that an Irishman is on our show the week of St. Patrick’s Day. I promise it wasn’t planned! And what a pleasant coincidence it is to have James Goggin of Maverick Drinks on the show today. Slainte, I’m Susan Schwartz, your drinking companion, and this is Lush Life Podcast, every week we are inspired to live life one cocktail at a time by the best in the industry. I actually met James at the Embassy of Ireland almost one year ago and I knew he would make a...

Duration:01:18:18