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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 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

Episode 74: Always Darkest – Golden Dawn

1/4/2018
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The product of a cocktail competition in London, the Golden Dawn is a boozy drink, almost entirely made up of Calvados, Brandy, and Gin. A newspaper article from 1930 mentions that cocktail purists were not happy with this drink winning the competition, simply because of the addition of fruit juice. We delve into the idea of what a cocktail is and isn’t, where the argument may have started, and why anyone really cares. Some point to the origin of the name deriving from a Rodgers &...

Duration:01:10:13

Episode 73: Off the Rim – Brandy Crusta

5/29/2017
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Some say the Brandy Crusta is distinct enough to be considered an entirely different type of drink than a cocktail. Others say it is just a variation on or an evolution of a true cocktail. When it really comes down to it, having this kind of argument is just going to end up with you having a warm drink and a sad face. Going all the way back to the 1840s, this is one of the older drinks we have explored. The basic ingredients of brandy, lemon, lemon peel and the sugar crusted rim seem to...

Duration:01:17:18

Episode 72: Exploring All Avenues – The Avenue

1/18/2016
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This was a fun episode. The cocktail itself had a fairly ordinary background, so we made the most of it by disparaging passion fruit and spotlighting the UK Bartenders' Guild. The drink itself appears first (and only) in the Cafe Royal cocktail book which for the first time we discuss as part of the drinks compilation project the UK Bartenders' Guild took on in the 1930s. This drink is itself remarkable because it's the only one we've seen that features passion fruit juice and the Cafe...

Duration:00:44:12

Episode 65: Cocktail Charlie – The Fairbank Cocktail

3/24/2015
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If you do a quick search on the internet you will find any number of websites and blogs mentioning the Fairbank Cocktail, or more accurately, the Fairbanks Cocktail. You will also find that most confidently claim that the drink was named after actor Douglass Fairbanks. Occasionally, the voice of reason comes through and points to U.S. Vice President Charles Fairbanks as the origin for this drink. We here at the Black Liver Project try hard to do our research and present information as...

Duration:00:56:31

Episode 64: The Sun Never Sets – The East India Cocktail

3/17/2015
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The East India Cocktail was first noted by Harry Johnson who claimed in his book in 1882 that this was a popular drink in among the British in India. It was hard to find any truth behind this, but it certainly sounds imperialistic. As we dive into East India Cocktail we discuss the long European colonial presence in the East, corporate interests evolving into national interests, as well as mutinies and rebellions. Come join us as we explore why this brandy-based cocktail might have been...

Duration:00:44:32

Episode 63: Turning Up the Heat – Hot Toddy

3/11/2015
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Cameron had a cold and Rachel has a serious love for hot liquids so we invited Michael at the Brixton to introduce us to the hot toddies he serves at his bar. Along the way we learn what the hell "toddy" is.

Duration:00:25:31

Episode 62: The Doctor Is In – Dr. Cocktail

3/4/2015
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Many cocktails got their start in the medicinal realm, and you can often see the transformations over time from cure-all to tasty beverage. So when a drink with a name like the Doctor Cocktail comes along, it is fair to assume that your aches and pains might be relieved from the ingredients. It does have citrus in it, so the Vitamin C might be warding off that pesky scurvy. Other than that, we don’t have much of an idea of how it got the name. It seems to have originated sometime in the...

Duration:00:34:01

Episode 61: A Little Diki-Diki – The Diki-Diki Cocktail

2/23/2015
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The Diki-Diki cocktail sounds just dirty enough to make the 12 year-old boy in you giggle. Grow up! This is a sophisticated podcast. Hee-hee, it sounds like dick. The ingredients are definitely not the usual suspects, featuring the infrequently used grapefruit juice, the Normandy-based apple brandy, Calvados, and finally Swedish Punsch, an arrack-based liqueur. Wait a minute. No gin? No whiskey? No bitters? What kind of a cocktail is this? Unlike most of the cocktails we have covered, we...

Duration:00:32:49

Episode 60: Derby Town – The Derby Cocktail

2/11/2015
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So having done the Mint Julep, what more is there to say about derbies? We take a look at the Derby Cocktail which poses a few problems when trying to talk history about it. First, there are numerous recipes for Derby Cocktails, and none seem to be related to the others. Second, derby could be referring to any number of things like the Kentucky Derby, derby races, derby hats, Derby, England, or the Derby restaurant. So which is it? All and none! The many derbies generally have a common...

Duration:00:32:28

Episode 59: Hitting a Delicious Sour Note – The Delicious Sour

1/27/2015
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The Delicious Sour. I like a cocktail that tells you all you need to know right in the name. Sours are a family of cocktail going back a long way, with notable features of putting a lime or lemon peel in the glass and an egg white. We also dive into the life of William “The Only William” Schmidt, a bartender who some call the “godfather of mixology.” Acrobatic bartending feats, cranking out on-the-fly cocktails on a near daily basis, and creating cocktails with ten or more ingredients may...

Duration:01:08:29

People in Your Neighborhood: Charles Brinkman - 3 Beers in 3 Days

1/22/2015
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I chatted with one of the BLP's regular contributors, Mr. Charles Brinkman. We talk about beer and then we talk about talking about beer. And then we talk about some other things.

Duration:01:10:51

Episode 57: When Life Gives You Laraha – Curacao Punch

1/20/2015
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The Curacao Punch is generally attributed to Harry Johnson, and if you spell it the correct way of “Curacao” it is the earliest it shows up in a recipe book. However, if you spell it “Curacoa” then Jerry Thomas printed it first in his recipe book. I thought he might have just spelled it wrong, but mentions of “Curacoa Punch” show up in newspapers and books as early as the 1830s, and a recipe shows up in a periodical from the 1840s. In our experience, it probably was around even before...

Duration:01:04:44

Episode 56: Two Men and a Cocktail – Crimean Cup a la Marmora

1/14/2015
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As we proceed with the forgotten cocktails, I’ve noticed that it’s more difficult to squeeze the interesting background out of them. Often it’s just a couple of words smashed together and attributed to a new recipe. In this episode’s cocktail it’s an attribution made in honor of a personality that I consider less than the cocktail inventor. The cocktail is named after the Italian-Sardinian general of the Crimean War. He was a dashing European fellow, Alfonso Ferrero Marmora, climbing the...

Duration:01:13:45

Episode 55: A Communist Party – The Communist

1/6/2015
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We are going to go out on a limb and say that the Communist Cocktail is probably named after Communists. Nothing states it definitively, but…Communist. This drink calls for Cherry Bounce in the original recipe, an old cordial made from sour cherries, the pits, sugar and spices. Cherry Bounce: the 19th century’s answer to Kool-Aid! It is a relative of Cherry Brandy, and Cherry Heering, used in most recipes now. The red color of Cherry Bounce or Cherry Heering is probably the reason it ended...

Duration:01:31:29

Episode 54: No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn – The Brooklyn Cocktail

12/30/2014
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In this episode we take a look at the Brooklyn cocktail, which looks to be the product of Jack Grohusko from the early part of the 20th century. Most cocktails take some wondering and digging and guessing in order to figure out why a bartender gave it a particular name. With the Brooklyn, we go out on a limb here and say that it is probably named after the borough in New York. Sometimes it is not worth overthinking. There is no indication as to why it is called the Brooklyn though. Was this...

Duration:00:30:15

Episode 53: Fool's Paradise – Blue Paradise

12/23/2014
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The Blue Paradise, like many cocktails with blue in the name, is not blue. The ingredients must be blue then, right? Nope, purple, red and brown and we can pretty much guarantee that the mixing of these colors do not make blue either. This non-blue drink is credited to a Belgian bartender by the name of Emil Bauwens, of Bar Saint-James in Brussels, showing up first in the cocktail book Livre de Cocktails (1949) and really nowhere else. A name like Blue Paradise conjures images of beaches,...

Duration:00:28:39

Episode 52: The Best Part of Waking Up – The Coffee Cocktail

12/15/2014
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The Coffee Cocktail is unusual in that it does not contain any coffee in it, and if you go by the strict rules of what makes a cocktail, it isn’t that either. Jerry Thomas, who seems to be the first person to write the recipe down, calls it a “misnomer” because of the lack of coffee and bitters. He attributes the name to an appearance that sure looks a hell of a lot like coffee, and this seems to be backed up by others sources. Could the name also be a reference a cocktail you drink in the...

Duration:00:41:10

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