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Please contact with any questions or concerns. -Eric Kozlik

Please contact with any questions or concerns. -Eric Kozlik
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Please contact with any questions or concerns. -Eric Kozlik




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 to...

Duration: 01:09:00

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.

Duration: 00:41:23

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...

Duration: 00:27:54

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

Duration: 00:20:32

Episode 025 - Chef Driven Cocktails

In this episode, Eric chats with Chef Matt Finarelli about achieving flavor balance in food and cocktails. There's a lot of cross-over between cocktails and the culinary arts, and this episode is dedicated to investigating the tools and techniques that span both disciplines.

Duration: 01:10:52

Episode 024 - Pointillism as a Metaphor for Flavor

In this episode, we investigate the link between neo-impressionist painters, proto-human visual schemas, and the way our brains process flavor and smell images. Seem like a lot of weird stuff to cram all into one episode? It is. But we think you'll come away from it with some really great insights about flavor, cocktails, and life.

Duration: 00:34:38

Episode 023 - The Rum Episode

Rum. It's an intriguing, tropical spirit with a dark and sordid history, and we had the happy privilege of digging into all the weird and wonderful details with my friends Ben Lyon and Jaime Windon of the Lyon Distilling Company, makers of all things yummy and rummy. In this episode, we discuss: The differences between all those rum varieties you never knew existedHow distillers make rum that tastes grassy, funky, and every flavor in betweenThe surprising history of rum in the United...

Duration: 01:00:20

Episode 022 - Decoding Spirits Labels

The topic of this episode is how to read the label on any spirit bottle and know what all the numbers, terms, and designations ACTUALLY mean. How do you calculate proof vs. ABV? What’s the difference between a V.S. brandy and a VSOP brandy”? How do you know if your distiller is making their spirit from grain to glass, or just bottling somebody else’s juice? These are all things we’ll talk about in this episode.

Duration: 00:30:48

Episode 021 - Making Cocktail Friends

This week, we had the chance to sit down virtually with Chris Kierts, who runs a home bartending community called Socktails. Socks and cocktails. Seem like an odd pairing? It’s actually not as weird as it sounds. See, Chris uses his vibrant and quirky sock collection as the backdrop for his cocktail pictures on social media. Just like an interesting pair of socks is a great conversation starter, so are the glasses garnishes that Chris uses to stage his drinks. Chris and I share a common...

Duration: 00:44:46

Episode 020 - Infinity Bottles

I sit down to chat with none other than Chad Robinson, who spearheads sales and distribution at Catoctin Creek Distillery, which means he gets to travel around the country talking to people about great spirits. He has also been known to enjoy a cocktail or two. Some of the other things we cover include: Chad’s book of spirit-inspired poetry, entitledGadabouts AboundHow to break the ice and build relationships in the world of craft spirits.The art and science of blending whiskey, rum,...

Duration: 01:22:45

Episode 019 - Misfit Spirits

In this episode, Eric interviews distiller Peter Ahlf of Mt. Defiance Cidery and Distillery. Peter is a really fascinating guy with an eclectic professional background and a passion for making great spirits. Some of the things we discuss in this episode include: How a NASA engineer-turned-carpenter applies his skills to distillingHow to transform a gas station office into a steampunk tasting roomThe history and regulatory intricacies of misfit spirits like absinthe and cassisThe process...

Duration: 01:01:11

Episode 018 - Cocktail Technique and Service

In this Episode, Eric sits down with Carlie Steiner of Himitsu, an award-winning cocktail bar and restaurant in Washington, DC. Some of the things they discuss include: Carlie’s journey from under-the-table restaurant worker as a kid to award winning restauranteur in her twenties.The most noteworthy cocktails and service experiences she recalls along the wayA snapshot of her newest project--HimitsuThe value of travel and openness in cocktail learningThe correct dilution percentages for...

Duration: 01:00:35

Episode 017 - cocktails+craft

In this episode, Eric interviews Stephanie Echeveste, the founder of an excellent DC company called cocktails+craft. This episode was recorded when we were just learning my audio equipment, so I set it aside and it was given a little TLC from DC Sound Mixer Chris Preston, who deserves a huge shout-out for his help and technical expertise. Throughout this whole interview, Stephanie and Eric were actually talking into microphones that literally were not working, and this has all been...

Duration: 00:58:16

Episode 016 - Batched Cocktails

In this episode, Eric breaks down his approach to making batched cocktails for large groups of people. Whether you're serving a group of 3 people, or 300, there are a very specific set of considerations to take into account when you're scaling a cocktail recipe for all to enjoy. We discuss using spreadsheets to help convert recipes and facilitate batching, how to come up with fun cocktail concepts, and how to use the culinary concept of "Mise en Place" to execute correctly when the heat...

Duration: 00:18:45

Episode 015- The Art & Science of Distilling

In this week's episode, we feature distiller Braeden Bumpers of McClintock Distilling Company, based in Frederick MD. Braeden and I recorded this episode during the summer, right before I left for the Tales of the Cocktail conference in New Orleans, and the audio file needed a little bit of TLC due to the heat and humidity, the large, echoey distillery, and some background noise problems. So, big shout-out to Chris Preston, our favorite DC Sound Mixer, for spending some time with this...

Duration: 00:52:38

Episode 014 - Bar Cart Q&A

This podcast has been on the air for a very brief 3 months at this point. That’s a quarter of a year. A full summer. 90 days. However you want to think about it. To me, that feels like a very short time, but then I pull up the Modern Bar Cart inbox, and I see all the listener-generated questions that have piled up during those three months. So, this episode is all about you folks--the listeners who make this podcast exciting by sending along your questions and comments. We’re gonna take a...

Duration: 00:33:50

Episode 013 - Intro to Amaro

Welcome back to another episode of the Modern Bar Cart Podcast. I’m your host, Eric Kozlik, and today, we’ve got a really excellent and timely episode for your listening enjoyment. This is airing on August 24, 2017, and we are in the midst of Amaro Week. As some of you may know, an Amaro is a bitter, Italian-style liqueur, and this particular category has really been taking off in the last few years. Thankfully, I’ve been able to enjoy this resurgence with the help of a really strong,...

Duration: 01:03:49

Ice and Cocktails

Welcome back to the Modern Bar Cart Podcast. I’m your host, Eric Kozlik, and today I’m comin atcha with another bar cart foundations episode, where we examine one of the most essential components of home bartending and look at it from a bunch of different angles, offering tips and bar hacks along the way. Today, we’re featuring a substance that needs no introduction, that cool operator, that namesake of cubes, teas, and creams, the notorious H-2-O...that’s right. Today, we’re taking a...

Duration: 00:25:36

Episode 011 - Infusions and Flavor Advice

This episode is an interview with Aviva Goldfarb, who is an extremely accomplished cookbook author and meal planning guru who also happens to be a really talented and inspired home bartender. One of my favorite things about talking with Aviva is the passion she has for flavor--her voice and facial expressions just light up when she talks about the joy of food and drink. In this wide-ranging discussion, we cover a number of cocktail-related topics, including: Homemade infused spirits and...

Duration: 00:58:35

Episode 010 - The Martini

What’s up cocktail fans. I’m coming at you today with a great summer cocktail. And maybe I shouldn’t be saying A cocktail...but rather THE cocktail. Even if you’re just getting into cocktails, if you haven’t heard of this drink, I’m a bit worried about where you’ve been for the past century. That’s right, this episode is all about the legendary Martini. And I want to give you a chance to make yourself one before we jump into this interview with Embitterment Bitters and Modern Bar Cart...

Duration: 00:54:05

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