Cachaça and Caipirinhas! National Spirit of Brazil.

August 26th, 2015

We get a lesson on making Caipirinha cocktails from owner of Leblon Cachaça, Steve Luttmann!

Cachaça is the national spirit of Brazil and the base spirit for the Caipirinha cocktail.  Find the Caipirinha recipe below.

Also, we pay tribute to Sasha Petraske, who left us way too soon and left a hole in the Bartending community.  Quoting from the New York Times article about Sasha's passing, "Mr. Petraske’s role in the modern cocktail revival is difficult to overstate."

Mix up a Classic Daiquiri with the recipe below and join us on August 31, 2015 at 9pm (you local time), as we raise a glass to Sasha Petraske, founder of Milk & Honey and inspiration to a generation of Bartenders.

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Classic Daiquiri Recipe:

2 oz Silver Rum

1 oz Fresh Lime Juice

3/4 oz Simple Syrup

Shake with ice.  Double Strain into a chilled coupe glass.


Leblon Caipirinha Recipe:

2 oz Leblon Cachaça

1/2  a lime, cut into wedges

2 tsp Superfine sugar or 1 oz Simple syrup

Muddle the lime and sugar in a shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and add Leblon Cachaça. Shake well and serve in a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

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Let’s Talk Tequila!

August 19th, 2015

Jacques Bezuidenhout joins us for a great chat about Tequila.  Jacques is the Brand Ambassador for Partida Tequila.  We talk about the process of growing the Agave plants and distilling this traditional spirit.

We also mix up some Tequila Cocktails and experiment with Bar40 Bitters.

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The cocktail is colder than the ice??

August 12th, 2015

On the show this week we talk with Bartender and Author Tristan Stevenson.  It’s the Bartender Journey Podcast # 122!

We talk about cocktail science, whiskey, his books , and how to taste spirits.

Tristan Stephenson is the author of

·    -The Curious Bartender: The Artistry and Alchemy of Creating the Perfect Cocktail

·   -The Curious Bartender: An Odyssey of Malt Bourbon & Rye Whiskeys

·    -The Curious Barista's Guide to Coffee

Also mentioned on the show this week:

-Beachbum Berry's Potions of the Caribbean

See Tristan make his elaborate cocktail: Mr. Hyde’s Fixer Upper!

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Grand Marnier Orange Liqueur

August 4th, 2015

This week on the Bartender Journey Podcast we chat with the charming Anne-Louise Marquis, Brand Ambassador for Grand Marnier.  We have a great chat about Anne-Louise's experience as a young bartender in Manhattan, about the iconic Grand Marnier Orange Liqueur, and about the life of a Brand Ambassador.  A fascinating conversation!

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Tales Of The Cocktail 2015 Recap Part II

July 29th, 2015

Last week we discussed Tales 2015, but there is still more to talk about!  Its the Bartender Journey Podcast #120: Tales Wrap-up Part II!

We have additional interviews with Shake The Vine cocktail competition finalists.  We also talk to podcast listener Tony, who attended Tales for the first time this year, and hear his impressions of the event.

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The Book of the Week is Speakeasy from the creators of the award winning Employees Only bar in Manhattan.

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Tales Of The Cocktail 2015 Wrap-up!

July 22nd, 2015

It was a exciting and fun filled week at Tales Of The Cocktail 2015!  So many parties, so many wonderful people!

We talk about everything from Mezcal, to Cocktail Competitions and Seminars and of course, the parties!
The Shake The Vine Cocktail Winners are in!  Results, & recipes below.
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The Book of the Week is The Craft Cocktail Party: Delicious Drinks for Every Occasion by Julie Reiner.
Also mentioned on this week's show, Alchemy in a Glass: The Essential Guide to Handcrafted Cocktails by Greg Seider.

Shake The Vine Competition Results:

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and BACK BAR USA have announced Zachary Patterson as this year’s “Shake The Vine” wine cocktail mixology competition winner which took place at “Tales of the Cocktail” in New Orleans on Wednesday, July 15, 2015.

Patterson prepared his original submission, “The Summer Dress,” made with white grapes, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates’ Red Diamond Chardonnay, Grey Goose La Poire, Chareau Aloe Liqueur, Oro Blanco grapefruit, fresh lemon juice and simple syrup; and a second original recipe, “Ode to Bacchanal,” handcrafted with strawberry jam, rosemary, lemon juice, lime juice, Manzanilla Sherry, La Diablada Pisco and Michelle Sparkling Rose, which earned him the grand prize of $5,000. 

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Tales Of The Cocktail 2015 Preview with Warren Bobrow!

July 13th, 2015

Recording a podcast while packing a bag! On the way to New Orleans as this episode is published!

We chat with Warren Bobrow about Tales Of The Cocktail.  He is involved in several events at the yearly pilgrimage for Bartenders and Cocktail Enthusiasts. 
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Modern (and historic) Vermouth!

July 7th, 2015

On the Bartender Journey Podcast number 117, we talk with Adam Ford - author of Vermouth: The Revival of the Spirit that Created America's Cocktail Culture, and producer of Atsby Vermouth, (produced in New York!)
We talk about the influence Vermouth had on Cocktail Culture and why it has been 'under appreciated' over the last several decades.  The tides have turned once again for Vermouth...quality Vermouth is a hot commodity once again!

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Are Distilled Spirits Gluten Free?

June 29th, 2015

We talk about serving your guests who need to eat (& drink) gluten free. 

The Books of the Week:  Ray Foley's Bartending For Dummies and Running A Bar For Dummies.

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Great whiskey made in Brooklyn New York!

June 24th, 2015

This week we visit with Colin Spoelman, co-founder of The Kings County Distillery.  
Kings County Distillery is producing high quality whiskey in a beautiful old building the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  They have also written a book:  The Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining - How to Make and Drink Whiskey.
Plus, time is getting short to enter the Shake The Vine Contest!  Enter to win a trip to Tales Of The Cocktail and a chance to win the $5000 grand prize!
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