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Our podcast takes a classic cocktail and researches its origins and then explores historical concepts and events from that time period that inspired the drink.

Our podcast takes a classic cocktail and researches its origins and then explores historical concepts and events from that time period that inspired the drink.
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Our podcast takes a classic cocktail and researches its origins and then explores historical concepts and events from that time period that inspired the drink.

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English

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Episode 94: Welcome to the Club – Pendennis Cocktail

2/21/2019
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The Pendennis Cocktail seems to have been a drink that was hardly known. Appearances in recipe books are few and far between, and when it did show up, there were variations on the recipe. Not much to talk about there. However, while the cocktail information was sparse, there seems to be a whole lot of different Pendennis drinks including a toddy, a mint julep, and even an eggnog. So, this Pendennis must be something important. Join us as we discuss this almost completely forgotten cocktail....

Duration:01:23:48

Episode 93: Currying Favor – Pegu Club Cocktail

1/24/2019
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The Pegu Club Cocktail takes us all the way to Myanmar, to ask the question. What was the Pegu Club? And how did it get its own cocktail? The answer is…not 100% sure! We know it was a club for Brits who lived and had their holidays in Myanmar in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In this episode we try to piece together what the purpose of the club was, why the British were there (hint: it rhymes with mimperialism), and a very tiny slice of Myanmar’s long and rich history that led to...

Duration:02:03:28

Episode 92: Welcome to the Ginshine State – Palm Beach Special

1/10/2019
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I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that the Palm Beach Special probably has something to do with Palm Beach. So pack your flip-flops, buckle up, and prepare to be sweaty, we’re headed to Florida! Join us as we discuss the pioneering days of Florida, the wealth that made it a destination, how the situation with grapefruit juice in the 1940s might have made the Palm Beach Special fade away, as well as monkeys, pastel, people hiding, and a whole lot of swampiness.

Duration:02:30:36

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

8/30/2018
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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...

Duration:01:23:30

Episode 90: Making a Monkey Out of Us – Monkey Gland

8/16/2018
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We have done a number of episodes that have taken us into the realm of gross. Sometimes it is the ingredients, sometimes it is the backstory, sometimes it is because we are gross. The Monkey Gland is a special one because hits on all three! Join us as we break down the why Harry MacElhone and not Frank Meier created this drink, how the drink was used as a defense in a trial, and how this drink was named after some very weird virility experiments involving, you guessed it, monkey glands. The...

Duration:01:39:01

Episode 89: Out With The Old – The Modern

8/2/2018
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The Modernista, or as it is known originally, The Modern Cocktail, has recipe that appears to have all the flavors and all the booze. Just not all the flavors you might think go together with absinthe, scotch, orange bitters, lemon juice, and rum. It seems this is one cocktail that really was forgotten, starting in the 1910s and barely making it to the 1930s. Join us as we take a look at what modern means, what was considered modern in the early 20th century and the term modern in...

Duration:01:37:58

Episode 88: Stinking Rich – Millionaire

7/19/2018
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You would expect the Millionaire Cocktail to be opulent, featuring the finest liquors, a white truffle garnish, served in a solid gold goblet, rimmed with caviar, and a $100 bill for a straw. Or it is all just a trick to get you to drink something that is hardly different than a hundred other cocktails so you can feel fancy. This drink should have been fairly easy to research except for the fact that there were two different recipes running concurrently for the first half of the twentieth...

Duration:01:23:58

Episode 87: Crying Over Spilt Milk – Milk Punch

7/5/2018
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This episode we are talking about Milk Punch, which in newer recipes resembles a boozy milkshake. As the recipes get older, they get, let’s say slightly more unusual. This is the oldest drink that we have covered so far, with origins dating to at least the early 1700s, probably earlier. Going back to these early recipes, we learn about women’s roles as brewers, distillers, wine-makers, and home-doctors during the 17th and 18th centuries. Join us as we talk a whole lot about milk, like...

Duration:02:10:34

Episode 86: When the Fat Lady Sings – Mamie Taylor Cocktail

6/21/2018
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For as many times that we have said that there aren’t a whole lot of Scotch cocktails, we have another one for you! This one also has the name of a person, which sometimes is helpful like the Lucien Gaudin and sometimes unhelpful like the Barbara West. We are somewhere in the middle with The Mamie Taylor. This cocktail is Scotch, lime juice and ginger ale, and was often noted as being a refreshing summer drink. Mamie Taylor was an operatic singer who seems to have been involved in musical...

Duration:01:45:25

Episode 85: The Gin Is Mightier Than The Sword – Lucien Gaudin Cocktail

6/7/2018
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At first glance, you might say that this cocktail has an unusual combination of ingredients, featuring gin, Campari, French Vermouth and Cointreau. And then you realize it is a Negroni with Cointreau. Oh well, there are only so many ingredients! The Lucien Gaudin Cocktail on the surface seems like a perfect cocktail to be able to research because, someone’s name! As our Barbara West episode showed, it isn’t always going to be that easy. In this case, we Gaudin, a champion, left-handed,...

Duration:01:44:34

Episode 84: Twisting the Lion's Tail – Lion's Tail

5/24/2018
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The Lion’s Tail cocktail is one of just many, many recipes originating from the Café Royal Cocktail Book (1937), that never really appeared again until very recently. Most of the ingredients are pretty standard, with the exception of Pimento Liqueur, more commonly known as Allspice Dram nowadays. We discuss this rum-based liqueur’s Caribbean origins, strong Christmas flavor, and unusual pairing with bourbon instead rum. In this episode, the name of the drink leads us to a long history of the...

Duration:01:52:09

Episode 83: Besottedly Correct – The Liberal Cocktail

5/10/2018
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In the U.S. of today the term liberal has very specific connotations. What did it mean when the Liberal Cocktail was created in the 1890s though? Was the creation a celebration of or jab at late 19th-century liberal ideals? If you had that label, what were you fighting for? Join us as explore the concept of liberalism and its meaning during the early 20th century. We also discuss the Liberal Cocktail, its standout ingredient Amer Picon, and the nearly complete disappearance of both. In the...

Duration:01:30:48

Episode 82: Semper Vinolentia – Leatherneck Cocktail

4/26/2018
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First printed in Ted Saucier's Bottoms Up cocktail guide, this drink is not well represented and probably not well liked but nevertheless we did our 82nd episode on it. It first appears nearly simultaneously with the introduction of blue curacao on the market, it's recipe in Saucier's book, and a Bols ad for blue curacao roughly around 1951. It seems to have been given a spotlight for a short time by Bols and a couple of wheeling-dealing PR agents, Ted Saucier and Frank Farrell, who both did...

Duration:02:07:32

Episode 81: By Jupiter's Beard – Jupiter Cocktail

4/12/2018
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A name like the Jupiter Cocktail immediately evokes images of the enormous planet with the great swirling storms and the Roman king of the gods, with thunderbolt in hand. The cocktail indicates power, something greater than all. I would expect ten different kinds of liquor served in a barrel, full of lighting, and on fire…or it could be just a martini with some Parfait Amour and orange juice. Join us as discuss this stormy-colored drink and its standout ingredient Parfait Amour. We also try...

Duration:00:56:46

Episode 80: Jamaican Me Crazy – Jasper's Jamaican Planter's Punch

3/29/2018
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Jasper’s Jamaican Planter’s Punch is a more contemporary take on an old drink called simply, Planter’s Punch. Resembling punches of the colonial-era, Planter’s Punch appears to have originated in the Caribbean in the early to mid-1800s. Where exactly in the Caribbean is the question, since most references just point to the “West Indies.” The unusual thing about this drink is that there did not seem to be a standard recipe. Rum, lime, and sugar were the common ingredients among Planter’s...

Duration:01:26:50

Episode 79: Like Watching Varnish Dry – Japalac Cocktail

3/15/2018
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Do you like cocktails that are named after a 19th century varnish? Then step right up to the bar and order a Japalac Cocktail. That’s right folks, nothing says quenching your thirst like old lacquer! This recipe shows up first and only in Albert Stevens Crockett’s Old Waldorf Bar Days (1931). It was another creation of Johnnie Solon, of Bronx Cocktail fame. Was Johnnie famous for anything other than creating the Bronx Cocktail? Well, Crockett will tell you he was also known for a Mint Julep...

Duration:01:07:58

Episode 78: Getting Rubbed Out – Jack Rose

3/1/2018
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The Jack Rose Cocktail ingredients look like a deconstructed fruit bowl, bringing together Applejack, lemon juice (or sometimes lime juice), and grenadine. Dating back to the early 20th century, Cocktail Bill Boothby appears to have brought it to print, but attributes it to New York bartender R.H. Townes. The name is a bit of a mystery. Is it a pairing of the jack in Applejack and its rose color? Or from a type of rose? Maybe it was created in reference to the gambling house owner and...

Duration:01:34:46

Episode 77: Gin and Taxes – Income Tax

2/15/2018
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It is hard to imagine why you would want to name a drink after something that the great majority of the world hates, but here we are with the Income Tax Cocktail. Harry Craddock appears to be the person who wanted to remind people that the government is coming for your hard-earned money, so you should probably drown your sorrows. This drink does not show up in very many places, but is often said to be just a Bronx Cocktail with Angostura bitters, which in turn is said to just be a perfect...

Duration:01:19:25

Episode 76: Tying the Knot – Honeymoon Cocktail

2/1/2018
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The Honeymoon Cocktail seems to first appear in Hugo Ensslin’s Recipes for Mixed Drinks (1917), and contains an unusually sweet and fruit-based combination of ingredients, calling for Apple Brandy, lemon juice, curacao, and Benedictine. We take a look at what Benedictine is and how the Honeymoon Cocktail encountered a swapping out of the Apple Brandy for Calvados and more Apple Jack. We also explore the history of honeymoons, where the term originated, and origin myths surrounding this...

Duration:01:09:34

Episode 75: Shot to the Heart – Have a Heart

1/18/2018
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With very few appearances in cocktail books, or really anywhere, it is probably fair to say that the “Have a Heart” cocktail didn’t make much of a splash at all. It seems originate from, and really only appears in Patrick Gavin Duffy’s The Official Mixer’s Manual (1934). The quotation marks allude to it being the title of something, but of what is hard to say. Some say that it is after a film of the same name, but the publishing of the drink recipe is the same year the movie came out, so...

Duration:00:56:13