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#23 Mint Julep: Mint Spanking, Lip Rubbing, & Day Drinking

The mint julep is made primarily using bourbon (or some other spirit), sugar, water, crushed or shaved ice, and fresh mint. As a bourbon-based cocktail, it is associated with the American South and the cuisine of the Southern United States in general, and the Kentucky Derby in particular. Mint Julep Recipe: 1 LARGE MINT SPRIG ½ – ¾ OUNCE SIMPLE SYRUP 2 – 2½ OUNCES BOURBON, PREFERABLY BONDED In a julep tin or rocks glass, muddle mint sprig with simple syrup by gently pressing to release oils....


#22 Padang Swizzle: Caribbean Islay Vacation

Our latest episode explores the conspiracy behind the Paloma Cocktail’s Wiki page, and the mystery surrounding the Paloma’s origin. Padang Swizzle Recipe: 1 ½ OUNCES AMONTILLADO SHERRY ½ OUNCE AGED RUM ¼ OUNCE ISLAY SINGLE-MALT SCOTCH ¾ OUNCE LIME JUICE ½ OUNCE GRAPEFRUIT JUICE ¾ OUNCE CINNAMON SYRUP Add all ingredients to a Collins or Pilsner glass. Add crushed ice and swizzle using a swizzle stick or bar spoon. Top with more crushed ice, and garnish with a lime wheel speared through with a...


#21 Paloma: Conspiracy, Mystery, & Tequila for our 21st

Our latest episode explores the conspiracy behind the Paloma Cocktail’s Wiki page, and the mystery surrounding the Paloma’s origin. Paloma Recipe: 2 OUNCE TEQUILA 1 OUNCE GRAPEFRUIT JUICE ½ OUNCE LIME JUICE ¾ OUNCE SIMPLE SYRUP 2 DASHES GRAPEFRUIT BITTERS (OPTIONAL) SODA WATER, TO TOP Add first 4 (or 5 if using bitters) ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a collins glass over ice. Top with soda water. Garnish with a grapefruit wheel. Leave us some...


#20 Whiskey Sour: Egg Safety 101

According to Brian Petro from, there are some historians that believe the sour category is a scaled down version of the basic punch. It has the elements of “one sour, two sweet, three strong, four weak” that a classic punch has, but in an individual serving size. The proportions are a bit off, but you get the idea. The base spirit is always the dominant flavor. The sugar needs the juice and water or soda to help dissolve the sugar. The citrus should be just present...


#19 Mojito: Yo Ho Ho & A “Little Wet” Mojito

According to, the Mojito is the drink bartenders love to hate. It takes too much time to make, it’s a pain to clean up and it’s ordered in quantities far too large by drinkers far too unadventurous. Yet the Mojito remains one of the most popular cocktails, and for a solid reason: It’s a very, very good drink. It deserves to be constructed with respect and care. Mojito Recipe: 2 SPRIGS MINT 2 TEASPOONS SUGAR 1 LIME, QUARTERED 2 OUNCES LIGHT RUM SODA WATER In a Collins glass, add...


#18 Gin & Tonic: Or “G&T” For Those Who Need To Save Time…

A gin and tonic is a highball cocktail made with gin and tonic water poured over ice. It is usually garnished with a slice or wedge of lime. The amount of gin varies according to taste. Suggested ratios of gin to tonic are between 1:1 and 1:3. Gin & Tonic Recipe: 2 OUNCES GIN TONIC WATER TO TOP Add gin to a highball glass and fill with ice. Fill the glass with tonic water. Garnish with a lime wedge. Leave us some feedback, and share with your friends who need a refreshing drink on a hot...


#17 Philadelphia Fish House Punch: Baptismal Punch Bowls & America’s 1st Gentleman’s Club

This heady and heavy-handed punch is made for lazy summer afternoons (or—when heated and mulled—lazy, winter weekends), so we’d recommend refraining from following a punch bowl up with any sort of plans, angling or otherwise. An early-known print reference to Fish-House Punch is in “The Cook” (1885): Fish-House Punch There’s a little place just out of town, Where, if you go to lunch, They’ll make you forget your mother-in-law With a drink called Fish-House Punch. Philadelphia Fish House...


#16 Orange Blossom: Famous Deaths & Saving The Bees

This simple “gin and juice” concoction was a hit among the scores of illegal drinkers during the years of Prohibition. While there’s not a lot of history behind the cocktail itself, aside from being named as one of the worst drinks of the decade in 1934 by Esquire magazine (along with the Bronx, the Brandy Alexander and the Clover Club), it has been a part of a number of different historical figures’ lives. Orange Blossom Recipe: 1 OZ GIN 1 OZ SWEET VERMOUTH 1 OZ ORANGE JUICE Add all the...


#15 Fitty Fitty Martini: Libation Goddess Audrey Saunders & National Martini Day

Today we are celebrating National Martini Day, which is Tuesday this week, with a variation of Hailey‘s go-to, called the Fitty Fitty Martini, aka the 50-50 Martini, aka the Perfect Martini. For the original martini, head back to our first episode, but if you’re gearing up to celebrate with a bit more vermouth, the Fitty Fitty is the way to go! Fitty Fitty Martini Recipe: 1 ½ OUNCES GIN 1 ½ OUNCES DRY VERMOUTH 2 DASHES ORANGE BITTERS Add all ingredients to a mixing glass. Add ice and stir...


#14 Negroni: Italy, Charity Work and a $1,250 Apéritif

Happy Negroni Week! This week – this entire week – has been devoted to Negronis, so clearly, that is what we are drinking today. While the drink’s origins are unknown, the Negroni is an iconic Italian cocktail, considered an apéritif. Let us know if you participated in Negroni week and we’ll get you a shout out in an upcoming episode! Negroni Recipe: 1 OUNCE GIN 1 OUNCE CAMPARI 1 OUNCE SWEET VERMOUTH Add all ingredients to a mixing glass. Add ice and stir until chilled. If on the rocks,...


#13 Rob Roy: Kilts, Old Shoe Wine and American Fancy Drinks

Today we are drinking the Rob Roy – not to be confused with Roy Rogers cocktail, or the Roy Rogers burger chain for that matter, the Rob Roy is a cocktail consisting primarily of whisky and vermouth. A Rob Roy cocktail is similar to a Manhattan but is made exclusively with Scotch whisky, while the Manhattan (as we’ve discussed in an earlier episode) is traditionally made with rye, and today commonly made with bourbon or Canadian whisky. Rob Roy Recipe: 2 OUNCES SCOTCH, PREFERABLY BLENDED 1...


#12 Cosmopolitan: SITC, SJP and Other Early 2000s Acronyms

A Cosmopolitan, or informally a “cosmo,” is a cocktail made with citron vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and freshly squeezed, or sweetened, lime juice. Although originally created sometime in the 70s or 80s, it wasn’t until the airing of Sex in the City that the Cosmopolitan really launched into pop culture icon status. In the late ’90s and early 2000s, it topped the lists of bars across the country and became synonymous with working women, the budding cocktail revolution, and men...


#11 Gimlet: Scurvy Rx & A Hard-Drinking Private Eye

The gimlet (pronounced with a hard ‘g’) is a cocktail typically made of gin, lime juice, and simple syrup. A 1928 description of the drink was: “gin, a spot of lime, and soda”. While originally an English cocktail, as points out, the gimlet today has closer connotations to the hard boiled detectives and gangsters of Raymond Chandler novels. In a sense, Chandler’s character, a hard-boiled detective named Marlowe, did for the gimlet what James Bond did for the martini, according...


#10 Margarita: Slushy Machines & Tequila Soup

A margarita is a cocktail consisting of tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice, often served with salt on the rim of the glass. The drink is served shaken with ice (on the rocks), blended with ice (frozen margarita), or without ice (straight up). While you can serve a margarita in a variety of glass types, ranging from cocktail and wine glasses to pint glasses and even large schooners, the drink is traditionally served in the eponymous margarita glass, a stepped-diameter variant of a...


#9 Brown Derby: Old Hollywood & Boob-Shaped Buildings

So, here’s a question for you: why would a posh LA restaurant name a popular cocktail after a competitor? At some point in the mid-1930s, the Vendome Club did just that. The Vendome started serving a version of the whiskey sour named after one of its Hollywood neighbors: the Brown Derby restaurant. Their name for the drink—“Brown Derby”—replaced “De Rigueur” in cocktail manuals over time, and is the name we generally encounter today. Gin Ricky Recipe: 1 1/2 OUNCES BOURBON 3/4 OUNCE...


#8 Gin Ricky: Ricky Bobby, Great Gatsby & Shame

The rickey is a highball drink made from gin or bourbon, half of a lime squeezed and dropped in the glass, and carbonated water. Little or no sugar is added to the rickey. Originally created with bourbon in Washington, D.C. at Shoomaker’s bar by bartender George A. Williamson in the 1880s, supposedly in collaboration with Democratic lobbyist Colonel Joe Rickey, it became a worldwide sensation when mixed with gin a decade later. Gin Ricky Recipe: 2 OUNCES GIN 1/2 – 3/4 OUNCE LIME JUICE SODA...


#7 Jack Rose: Robitussin®, Steinbeck & Murder?

A Jack Rose is a cocktail containing applejack, grenadine, and lemon or lime juice, popular in the 1920s and 1930s. It notably appeared in Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 classic, The Sun Also Rises, and was a favorite cocktail of American Author John Steinbeck. The drink was also associated with “Baldy Jack Rose,” a key player in the Rosenthal murder case 1912. Jack Rose Recipe: 1 1/2 OUNCES APPLEJACK BRANDY 3/4 OUNCE LIME OR LEMON JUICE 1/2 OUNCE GRENADINE GARNISH: LIME OR LEMON TWIST Add all of...


#6: Sidecar: God, Gif & Gill

While the exact origin of the Sidecar cocktail is unclear; it is widely accepted to have been invented around the end of World War I, but, could have come from either London, or Paris. Regardless of location, we choose to believe that it was named after a bum in a bar who was picked up by his badass mother, who drove a motorcycle and dumped her drunk son in her sidecar. Sidecar Recipe: 2 PARTS COGNAC (VS OR VSOP) 1 PART COINTREAU 1 PART LEMON JUICE GARNISH: ORANGE PEEL Coat the rim of a...


#5 Hemingway Daiquiri – House Troll, 6-Toed Cats & Boob-Shaped Glasses

Hemingway Daiquiri Recipe: 2 OUNCES WHITE RUM (Hemingway’s favorite was Bacardi!) 1/2 OUNCE MARASCHINO LIQUEUR, PREFERABLY LUXARDO 3/4 OUNCE LIME JUICE 1/2 OUNCE GRAPEFRUIT JUICE GARNISH: LIME WHEEL Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until chilled. Strain through a Hawthorne strainer from the shaker tin, and then through a julep strainer, into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel. Recipe by Megan Krigbaum, The Essential Cocktail Book Always...


#4 Pot Of Gold: St. Patrick’s Day, Insensitivity & Hangovers

This episode is brought to you by our Irish alter-egos, Clover McTavern and Stumpy McTurnips. We used this week’s podcast to explore the history of Ireland’s patron St. Patrick, and recover from our own St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, with a few sips of a drink called Pot Of Gold. There are a number of different drink recipes under the same name, but we went with an Irish spinoff of a champagne cocktail. Give it a try and let us know what you think! Pot Of Gold Recipe: Serves 2 2...