Jazz Tx - Music Venue with Great Cocktails!

January 25th, 2017

On the Podcast this week we talk to Jake Corney (GM) and Derik Cortez (Head Bartender) of Jazz Tx in San Antonio, Texas.

It's the Bartender Journey Podcast #198!  Listen with the audio player on this page, on the Bartender Journey web site, or subscribe on iTunes, Android or Stitcher Radio.

  • Book of the Week:
    Amaro The Spirited World of Bittersweet, Herbal Liqueurs, with Cocktails, by Brad Thomas Parsons
  • Amaro is such a fascinating category that we don’t talk about enough on Bartender Journey.  First of all, what is it?  According to Brad’s book it’s “the collective class of Italian made aromatic, herbal, bittersweet liqueurs, traditionally served as a Digestif after a meal”.
  • To sum it up into a short sound bite:  it’s a bittersweet, herbaceous liqueur.
  • Amari (plural) are an acquired taste, but  once you go down the rabbit hole, you open up into a world of  new and interesting flavors.
  • Cocktail of the Week:  Aperol Spritz.  It’s a very popular drink right now.  Its low ABV and very tasty.  Its also quite festive looking if you build it in a big wine glass – that how I do it at my bar. 
  • The recipe is easy to remember its 3-2-1. 
  • Ingredients:
    3 oz Procecco (or other sparkling wine)
    2 oz Aperol
    1 oz Sparkling Water
  • Build in a big wine glass with ice, or you can do it in a double old Fashioned glass or even Highball glass.  Stir.  Garnish with an orange slice.
  • Toast of the Week:
    "To making it count."
 - Jack, "Titanic"
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San Antonio Cocktail Conference 2017

January 18th, 2017

We are just back from San Antonio Cocktail Conference!

Listen to our overview of this great event!

Lots more from San Antonio Cocktail Conference will be coming up in the next few weeks!

The Cocktail of the Week:

Classic Daiquiri

  • 2 oz Silver Rum
  • 7/8 oz to 1 oz Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice (to taste)
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup
  • Shake with Ice. Strain into a chilled Coupe glass

Book of the Week:

  • Regarding Cocktails by Sasha and Gorgette Patraski. Gorgette finished the book after Sasha passed and it’s a wonderful book. I highly recommend that you buy it!
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Dueling Podcast! Bartender Journey & Bartener HQ.

January 4th, 2017

It's the Bartender Journey Podcast Number 196!  Listen with the audio player on this page, or subscribe on iTunes or on Android.

  • This week on the podcast its a "dueling podcast"! We talk to David Eden-Sangwell.  He is from England and has a podcast of his own called Bartender HQ.  He works for a restaurant group and oversees the bar program for about 8 bars and restaurants.  
  • We chat about the wide-ranging Beverage Program that David manages, Cask Conditioned Beer and Cocktail Conferences.
  • If you would like to hear the Bartender HQ side of this "dueling podcast", you can hear it here. David is planning to attend Tales of the Cocktail On Tour in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2017, and asks for advice on surviving Tales.
    • This week on the podcast its a "dueling podcast"! We talk to David Eden-Sangwell.  He is from England and has a podcast of his own called Bartender HQ.  He works for a restaurant group and oversees the bar program for about 8 bars and restaurants.  
    • We chat about the wide-ranging Beverage Program that David manages, Cask Conditioned Beer and Cocktail Conferences.
    • If you would like to hear the Bartender HQ side of this "dueling podcast", you can hear it here. David is planning to attend Tales of the Cocktail On Tour in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2017, and asks for advice on surviving Tales.

      It's the Bartender Journey Podcast Number 196!  Listen with the audio player on this page, or subscribe on iTunes or on Android.

    Book of the Week:

    • Flavor Bible.  This is not strictly a cocktail book - its aimed more at chefs - but its extremely useful for creating cocktails.  It allows you to look up an ingredient and see a long list of flavors that complement it.  For instance, if you need to make a cocktail containing Kumquats, this book will give you about 40 ingredients that enhance the flavor.

     Cocktail of the Week:

    Brown Derby

    • 5 oz 
Bourbon
    • 1 oz 
Fresh grapefruit juice 

    • .5 oz 
Honey syrup*


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

     Modified Brown Derby

    • 2 oz Bourbon


    • 1 oz 
Fresh grapefruit juice
    • .5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice


    • .5 oz 
Honey syrup*
    • 
.25 oz Grapefruit oleo sacrum syrup


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

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BarCraft Live!

December 28th, 2016

Our live online cocktail party was a lot of fun!  Brian was joined by Stefan Giesbert, Producer of the German Language Cocktailpodcast.  The live event has passed, but listen in to the replay here!

It's the Bartender Journey Podcast Number 195!  Listen with the audio player on this page, or subscribe on iTunes or on Android.

 

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Jack Daniel’s Scottish Bartender Competition at Dead Rabbit

December 21st, 2016

It's the Bartender Journey Podcast Number 194!  Listen with the audio player on this page, or subscribe on iTunesAndroid or Stitcher Radio.

  • This week on the show, we continue on with our Repeal Day adventures. On the last podcast we chatted with Kara Newman, author of Stir. Sip.
  • From there we move on to the East Village to a Bar called Miss Lily’s and met up with Ben Jones, who just launched an interesting Brand called Rhum Shrub JM.
  • From there we will move downtown even further to Dead Rabbit, where Jack Daniels sponsored an event with 3 bartenders from the UK who won a trip to NY and then onto Tennessee to see the Jack Daniel’s Distillery.
  • Book of the Week. It’s a great one – the Canon Cocktail Book by Jamie Boudreau. Jamie owns the Canon Whiskey and Bitters Emporium in Seattle Washington and has put together a fabulous book. Its not just recipes, although there are plenty. There is a very valuable section in the book titled Starting Your Own Bar: Tips and Advice. This section is worth the cost of the book alone and talks about everything from “are you sure you want to do this?”, to finding partners, the bar name, concept locations, and so on.   I was hoping to get Jamie on the show, but so far we just haven’t been able to work it out. He is a very busy man. He’s also involved in the Small Screen Network – if you haven’t heard of that, check out Jamie’s channel, called Raising the Bar. Morganthalar and Robert Hess have channels as well.
  • So honestly get this book – you will not regret it! The recipes are great as well.
  • Cocktail of the Week: Jungle Bird, (Tiki, and festive!)
    • 1 ½ oz Rum
    • 1 1/12 oz Pineapple juice
    • ¾ oz Campari
    • ½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
    • ½ oz Simple Syrup
    • Shake
    • Strain – crushed ice or oldfashioned glass with one large ice cube
    • Garnish Pineapple leaf or wedge
  • At The Shepherd & the Knucklehead of Hoboken our friend Craig Schiedlo is doing an event on Jan 24, 2017.
  • “Its an Industry Party and Educational Event. There will be 3 hour long classes, followed by a party after. One of those classes BTW will be tought by yours truly and Hazel Elvarato! Starting at 12 will be Brockmans Gin, followed by a presentation by Melleti about how liquors and amaros are made and used, ending with what you and hazel will be teaching which is personal branding. My goal is to get all the bartenders to attend all classes. The party will go as follows: there will be a list of spirits. Each Bartender gets to choose one spirit and be the only bartender to do so. By choosing their spirit they are choosing to bartend for 30 minutes to showcase what they are capable of doing by crafting their favorite cocktail with that spirit. Bartender must bring lemon or lime juice and all sugar syrups. I will supply all listed liquor. Party will start at 4:30pm until 8:30pm”.

 

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Shake. Stir. Sip. with Author Kara Newman

December 7th, 2016

  • This week on the Bartender Journey Podcast we celebrate Repeal Day! As you may know, here in the States, Dec 5 1931 was the end of Prohibition. Bartenders across the US now celebrate this un-official holiday, on Dec 5!  It's a great day to be a Bartender or to be anyone who enjoys cocktails!
  • It's the Bartender Journey Podcast number 193!  Listen with the audio player on this page, or subscribe on iTunesAndroid or Stitcher Radio.
  • I spent Repeal Day wondering around NYC – talking to interesting people and drinking great cocktails.  There was no shortage of events to attend!
  • I started by talking with Kara Newman - an author and influencer in the cocktail scene. We met at Swift Hiberian Lounge in Lower Manhattan.
  • Kara and I have run into each other a few times, but most recently when she was a was a judge at the Diplomatico Rum World Tournament where I was a contestant.
  • Kara wrote Shake. Stir. Sip.: More than 50 Effortless Cocktails Made in Equal Parts
  • Next week on Wednesday December 13, 2016 at 3pm Eastern time we are doing our online cocktail party! We are calling it BarCraft Live! And we are doing it in conjunction with listener to the show, and a podcaster himself, Stefan Giesbert. He does the German language Cocktail Podcast. We have a tasting menu of 5 cocktails that we are gong to be making and we’d love to have you join us live via video stream!
  • To join us, go to net/events, fill out your first name and email address and we’ll send you the cocktail menu, the recipes and the details on how to join us.
  • We did a little back and forth on the technology to use for the video stream. We did a test, and it turns out the best solution is Google Hangouts. There is a limitation on how many can join a Google Hangout, So please go to net/events to RSVP!
  • The Cocktail of the Week is a classic equal parts cocktail - the Corpse Reviver #2 :
    Equal parts (3/4 oz each)
    Gin, Lillet Blanc, Orange Liqueur, Lemon. Dash of Absinthe
    Shake with ice. Double strain into a chilled Coupe glass.
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Personal Branding for Bartenders

November 30th, 2016

  • How should you market yourself and build your “Personal Brand”?
  • Listen with the audio player on this page, or subscribe on iTunesAndroid or Stitcher Radio.
  • Hazel Alverado, marketing guru, joins us on the show this week to talk about Personal Branding and Social Media for Bartenders.  Hazel has been helping out, working behind the scenes at Bartender Journey for awhile now. She’s coming out - getting behind the mic -- to talk about how to build up your Personal Brand and Social Media Presence!
  • We have an online event is coming up Tuesday Dec 13 at 3pm NY time!  BarCraft Live!
  • One of our listeners - Stefan Giesburt from Germany contacted us. He is a Bartender and also does a German Language cocktail podcast. Stefan likes to do cocktail tasting menus for his guests at his bar and for friends, so we came up with this idea to do an online live event.  We’ll provide you with the menu and recipes.  We will also send you a link so that you can join the live video stream.  And we hope you will make the cocktails along with us!
  • Go to our Events page to get more info and sign up! Even if you can’t commit to joining us online on December, feel free to request the menu and recipes. You’ll be able to play back the podcast and join us later (on demand)!
  • One of our Brand Partners for BarCraft Live is Catocin Creek.  They sent over some of their Roundstone Rye for us to use during the event and let’s put it to use for our Cocktail of the Week!
  • Its the Scofflaw Cocktail – From Gary Regan’s great book The Joy of Mixology

The word Scofflaw apparently comes from a contest that was run in 1923 by a rich Prohibitionist, who offered $200 (which was a lot of money back then!) to whoever could come up with the best word to describe “a lawless drinker of illegally made or illegally obtained liquor”.

  • 2 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
  • 1 oz Dry Vermouth
  • ½ fresh lemon juice
  • ½ oz grenadine (make your own!)
  • 2 dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters #6

Shake with ice. Double Strain into a chilled Couple Glass. Express oils from a Lemon Twist into Cocktail. Discard Twist.

  • Our Book of the Week: How to Win Friends and Influence People.  Seeing things from the other person’s point of view / how to change peoplel without causing offense or arousing resentment / making the other person feel like the idea was his or hers.
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Thanksgiving & Autumn Cocktails

November 23rd, 2016

We are wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving this week on the show with two Rum Cocktails!

Its a short Bartender Journey this week as there are Thanksgiving activities and Thanksgiving Bartending to do!

For more info about our upcoming online event on December 13, 2016 please send a request for more information on our Contact Page.

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Hospitality Industry Professionals: How Much Do Your Feet Hurt?!

November 16th, 2016

  • It's the Bartender Journey Podcast number 190!  Listen with the audio player on this page, or subscribe on iTunesAndroid or Stitcher Radio.
  • It’s a constant in the Hospitality Industry….we are on our feet for hours and hours. How can we make it better? I don’t know about you, but my feet hurt ALL the time!
  • This week on the show we talk with an awesome lady – a doctor, a podiatrist, a holistic healer and she is going to help us with our foot pain!
  • We will talk with Dr. Michele Summers Colon today on the podcast.
  • First, a few important events coming up:
  • San Antonio Cocktail Conference
    Fri Jan 6-Sun Jan 15
    http://sanantoniococktailconference.com/schedule/
  • BarSmarts Advanced Atlanta - February 9, 2017 
  • BarSmarts Advanced Milwaukee - March 29, 2017

Book of the Week:

Once again our BOTW comes to us from Hazel. You’ve heard me talk about the mysterious Hazel before on the show, well next week, we are going to get her on the show and talk about Personal Branding for Bartenders. She’s a Marketing Guru, and it promises to be a great discussion.

Here’s our Book of the Week from Hazel:

The Cocktail Chronicles: Navigating the Cocktail Renaissance with Jigger, Shaker & Glass by Paul Clarke
who started writing about the craft cocktail movement even before the term “craft cocktail” became commonplace and is a recipient of the Tales of Cocktail Spirited Award for Best Writer about Spirits and Cocktails.

The Cocktail Chronicles covers the beginning of the modern cocktail renaissance, offers classic recipes and their modern takes and also features a chapter called “Bottles, Tools, and Tips” that discusses stocking your liquor cabinet and the best tools.

Jim Meehan provides the foreword and each recipe is preceded by its history. The book is an accessible guide to both professional bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts featuring over 200 cocktail recipes written in a fun and engaging manner and is a great reference guide to have on hand.

Paul’s a good guy – we’ve got to get him on the show one of these days.

Featured in the book is the classic cocktail the Blood and Sand, and that will be our Cocktail of the Week.

The recipe for the Blood & Sand first appeared in print in Harry Craddock’s 1930 The Savoy Cocktail Book.

This is an equal parts cocktail:

.75 oz

Single Malt Scotch Whisky

.75 oz

Sweet vermouth

.75 oz

Cherry Heering

.75 oz

Orange juice

Put all the ingredients in your shaker and fill with ice.

Shake, and double strain into a chilled coupe glass.

Garnish with an orange peel. Very nice cocktail indeed.

           

Dr. Michele Summers Colon is not only a Podiatrist, but A physician, surgeon, health coach, yoga teacher, anatomy instructor, author and overall health & wellness expert. We are very happy to have her on the show to talk about something that many Hospitality workers struggle with – foot pain!

Lots of useful information there. I hope it helped you out a bit…I know it did for me.

Toast of the Week:

Here’s to those who have seen us at our best,

And seen us at our worst,

And can’t tell the difference!

Cheers.

 

 

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Bar Institute NYC and Diageo World Class

November 10th, 2016

Bar Institute NYC

  • We had the very exciting Bar Institute event here in NY this week.
  • It's the Bartender Journey Podcast number 189!  Listen with the audio player on this page, or subscribe on iTunesAndroid or Stitcher Radio.
  • On Monday before Bar Institute, I attended Diageo World Class Labs. This is an awesome opportunity.
  • Diageo World Class is one of the top 2 or 3 cocktail competitions in the world. Competitions like this can literally change your life.
  • To enter the competition you have to be a USBG member, in the US anyway. But through World Class you can get a free 30 day USBG membership which allows you to get your application in. If you decide to keep your USBG membership after that, its only $125/year, which is a real bargain, but that’s a subject for another day.
  • To enter the World Class competition you have to take at least one World Class Lab class, or you can do it online, but the live events are awesome (and free). They travel to different cities doing the class and I really encourage you to look into it. We had a great class about Taste. It was run by Andy Symore. We had samples of various cocktails to demonstrate the power of different variables like temperature, sweet, sour, bitter and salty.
  • It was a blind tasting, so Andy didn’t tell us what we were drinking until after we tasted and talked about it. The first sample was a room temperature Martini and the second was the same exact Martini, but chilled. It was diluted with the same exact amount of water. We also had a Negroni with and without salt added and so on. It really demonstrated the power of altering just one ingredient and the importance of every single thing that goes into your cocktail. You may sometimes hear that your cocktail is only as strong as the weakest link, so its important that every ingredient is high quality.
  • Then there was lunch, (free btw) and a second session, which I didn’t stay for because I wanted to get downtown for Bar Institute. Taking just one session is enough to qualify for World Class although you are welcome to stay for both
  • So even if you don’t enter the competition, (and why not?) you could still take one of these classes. I think you’ll find it to be a great experience and very educational.
  • Next stop was Bar Institute at Pier A, in Manhattan, right next to where the ferry leaves for the Statue of Liberty.
  • We spoke with Kevin Vanegas during Bar Institute about Herradura Tequila and about their new cocktail competition.

The Book of the Week:

A Proper Drink: The Untold Story of How a Band of Bartenders Saved the Civilized Drinking World by Robert Simonson.

  • Robert takes us through the craft cocktail revival over the past two decades through the personal stories of bars, bartenders,  patrons and visionaries. Filled with modern classic recipes and their origins, A Proper Drink invites you to learn how we got here and where the craft cocktail industry is headed.

 

Cocktail of the Week:

Bourbon Stone Sour
A Stone Sour is a Sour with the addition of Orange Juice-Freshly Squeezed preferred!

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 1 oz Orange Juice
  • ¾ oz Lemon Juice
  • ½ Simple Syrup
    Shake with ice. Pour into an Old Fashioned glass filled with fresh ice. Garish with a piece of Orange and a Cherry.

 

 

Toast of the Week:

My friends are the best friends

Loyal, willing and able.
Now let’s get to drinking!
All glasses off the table!

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