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Episode 045 - Intro to Tiki

In this episode, we hang out with Ben Wiley, ower-operator of Archipelago here in Washington, DC. It's a great Tiki bar with a lot of personality, and Ben takes us through some of the essentials that every Tiki enthusiast needs to know.


Episode 044 - Cocktail Snobs vs. Cocktail Slobs

In this Bar Cart Foundations episode, we walk you through the traits and habits of cocktail snobs and cocktail slobs, and then we present some useful tips for how not to be either one!


Episode 043 - The Mezcal Episode

In this episode, we chat with Robin Miller of Espita Mezcaleria. He gives us a crash course on agave spirits like tequila, mezcal, sotol, and bacanora.


Episode 042 - The Vermouth Episode

In this episode, we chat with Kat Hamidi of Capitoline Vermouth. She gives us a rundown of this important cocktail ingredient, and we sample some vermouths that she produces to get a sense of what the category can offer.


Episode 041 - One-Bottle Cocktails

In this episode, we chat with cocktail writer Maggie Hoffman, author of The One-Bottle Cocktail. Some of the topics we cover in this episode include: How Maggie came up with the concept for theOne-Bottle Cocktail, and who she wrote it forThe essential bottles to have on your bar if you’re looking to make a one-bottle drink.Which fresh ingredients to have on hand if you want to up your home bartending gameThoughts on simplicity and complexity in cocktailsAnd much, much more.


Episode 040 - Barrels and Aging

In this episode, we talk about barrels, which are one of the most important parts of the distilling, aging, and blending process. No barrels, no brown spirits. Let that sink in for a minute. Our guest is Alice Blayne Allard from Free State Cooperage, which is a company that handcrafts locally-sourced barrels right here in the Mid-Atlantic, working with distillers who care deeply about the quality of the barrels they use to age their products. Some of the topics we discuss include: The...


Episode 039 - Intro to Terroir

In this Bar Cart Foundations episode, we delve into the concept of "terroir," which refers to the effects of landscape and climate on the flavors of the wines and spirits we drink. We examine the key aspects of terroir and then investigate whether this concept can extend to spirits and cocktails, as well as wine.


Episode 038 - Healthier Drinking

In this episode we interview Ariane Resnick, author of The Thinking Girl's Guide to Drinking. We discuss how to drink healthier, enjoy fresh ingredients, and avoid some of the short- and long-term physical inconveniences associated with alcohol consumption. Disclaimer: None of the content in this episode is intended as medical advice. Please consult a licensed physician before doing literally anything.


Episode 037 - Optimizing Your Home Bar

In this episode, we talk about the various ways you can organize your home bar to be more aesthetically pleasing, and more functional at the same time. Do you have a bar cart, a spacious dry bar, or even a wet bar with seating and serving space? We have tips for how to optimize each setup and really fine-tune your bar to suit your lifestyle goals.


Episode 036 - Muddler Mania

This episode is an interview with woodworker Brendan Donovan of MuddledAndRolled. He's a really talented craftsman who produces handcrafted, hardwood muddlers. Brendan is a really fun dude to chat with, and you can tell just how passionate he is about his craft. Some of the things we discuss in this episode include: How a handcrafted muddler is turned and assembledDifferent approaches to muddling certain ingredients, from sugar to citrus, and beyondThe ergonomics of the muddling process,...


Episode 035 - Cocktail Bites

In this episode, we chat with Kathleen Tozzi of The Fancy Schmancy Co. about how to pair food with cocktails. Whether you're hosting a large party or an intimate get-together, food and cocktails just go together...but not in the same way that food and wine are often paired. Listen to this episode to learn the nuances and logistics of charcuterie boards, cocktail noshing, and "the perfect bite."


Episode 034 - Cocktail Kryptonite

In this episode, five different home bartenders talk about cocktail ingredients that have tested them to their limits - their personal cocktail kryptonite, if you will. Making cocktails isn't always easy, and sometimes our own flavor aversions and fears don't help. These stories give you a few different templates for conquering the ingredients that may be your cocktail kryptonite.


Episode 033 - Japanese Cocktails

This exploration of Japanese flavors and aesthetics is part three of a four-part series in which we explore unique cocktail cultures from around the world. We also chat with Jennifer Bloeser of Oregon Coast Wasabi, who shares her insights about this unique ingredient.


Episode 032 - Frontier Cocktails

In this episode, we pay homage to the flavors of the American frontier by discussing the drinks that characterized the Wild West, from the 1700s, straight through to the Golden Age of Cocktails. This is also a tribute to our Frontier Sarsaparilla Bitters, which celebrate the native flavors of North America.


Episode 031 - Indian Cocktails

This series is a celebration of the brand spanking new Embitterment Heritage Collection, which is a premium line of cocktail bitters we’re launching this month in January of 2018. Each episode will be inspired by one of the four excellent bitters flavors in the Heritage Collection, and we’ll do a deep dive into that region’s history, culture, and recipes to inspire your home cocktail experiments in the new year. In this episode, we explore Indian Cocktails and dig into the history of the...


Episode 030 - Eric Does the Lightning Round

In this episode, Eric takes advantage of a long road trip to answer all the lightning round questions that interview guests on the Modern Bar Cart Podcast must answer.


Episode 029 - Egg Cocktails

This egg-driven episode kind of fell into our lap when Dennis Sendros, a DC-based home bartender and podcast listener, reached out to the podcast with the subject line: Come Drink with Us! Turns out, Dennis hosts a monthly gathering called Cocktological Evenings, where he selects a theme and creates an intimate, booze-driven gathering to explore cocktails through that particular lens. You’ll hear Dennis speak more about this in just a minute, but there are two important details I want...


Episode 028 - The Vodka Episode

In this episode, we investigate the intriguing and often-slandered character of Vodka. It's a clear spirit with a less-than-clear list of cocktail applications, and we intend to give it a fair shake. Our list of guests this episode include: Speaking Easy PodcastGray Wolf Craft Distilling It's a strange and fascinating episode, and we hope it broadens your perspective on one of the world's great spirits.


Episode 027 - Strange Cocktail Ingredients

Today’s topic is unusual cocktail ingredients - either those you’ve tasted in a cocktail, or those you’d like to see used more often. I think many of us have had the experience of sitting down at one of the more experimental cocktail bars in our area, looking at the menu, and saying: “You’ve got to be kidding me. How the heck are they gonna use that in a cocktail?” And the results - in reality - are usually mixed. Sometimes the unusual ingredients are well-incorporated, and the drink is...


Episode 026 - Cocktails and Place

In this episode, Eric interviews six different cocktail and home bartending experts on their favorite places to enjoy a well-made cocktail. This episode's guests are, in no particular order: Charlie Berkinshaw ofElement ShrubJosh Wulf of theWulf Cocktail DenMaria Littlefield ofThe Owl’s BrewChris Kiertz of Socktails.coValerie Echeveste of Cocktails + CraftSpeaking Easy Podcast


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