Ray Darko, aka Ramon of Trader Sam's at Disneyland, tells us about falling in love with hip hop & how it became his career, influenced his cocktails, & inspires his future. We get to hear one of his tracks too!
Music industry veteran Mo Herms has spent enough time at bars to have learned that sometimes the people making the drinks make music too, or at least are just as passionate about it. Tune in for casual conversation about cocktails, music, and anything else that happens to come up after a few drinks.
On this episode, Jeff Cleveland (Workshop, Four Saints, Bryant's Cocktail Lounge) tells us about historic old school cocktail lounges in Milwaukee, his musical awakening, and creating a drink scene in Palm Springs.
Cocktail blogger Elana Lepkowski is not only the mind behind the much celebrated site Stir and Strain, giving us great cocktail recipes, home bar tips, & entertainment ideas, but she's a kick ass DJ too.
On this episode, we are in sunny Palm Springs with Brandon Glass of The Reef. He takes us on a journey from beer to tropical cocktails, and kids tunes to post rock heaviness. Also: Star Wars.
On this episode, Sother Teague (Amor y Amargo, Blue Quarter, Windmill, co-host of The Speakeasy podcast) explains his role as a bitters ambassador, reminisces about his radio days, & tells us about his book "I'm Just Here for the Drinks."
On this episode, Shannon Mustipher (rum brand ambassador, Glady's Brooklyn, Women Who Tiki founder & author of Tiki: Modern Tropical Cocktails) shares her rum story & her Wu-Tang name with us.
On this episode, Gaby Mlynarczyk (Birch & Accomplice LA, Little Spain NYC), author of Clean + Dirty Drinking, tempts us with non alcoholic cocktails, rightly worships Nina Simone, & lures us to her new gig within Jose Andres' latest endeavor in NY.
Matt Friedlander (Sweetwater Social, Grand Banks) praises the glory of Oasis, crafting a song or cocktail with only so many notes, & the relationships that make music & booze fun. Pictured with Sally!
On this episode, we head to Vegas, baby! Jackson Milgaten of Atomic Liquors shares his travels through jazz, dive bars, indie rock, & classic cocktails. And we have a track from his old band too!
Brother Cleve (Del Fuegos, Combustible Edison, Professional Cocktail Scholar) joins us on the podcast to teach us plenty about that 90s swing revival & the ensuing cocktail revival it inspired. Plus a whole lot more!
On this episode, it's Jeanie Grant of SF's Pagan Idol telling us about competitive bartending, twangy West Coast surf punk, and doing karaoke at dive tiki bars.
The King of the Cocktail, Dale DeGroff, is not only the award winning author of The Craft of the Cocktail & a James Beard award recipient, but he's one hell of a great singer too. Join us as we talk jazz and classic cocktails with the master of the bartending scene.
On this episode, we chat with Brian Sassen of Miami's Repour Bar about beats, booze & workin' it in South Beach. This one also features impromptu rhymes!
Christopher Day, an LA bar veteran (Cole's, General Lee's, Honeycut) & currently running the bar program at SF's Barrel Room, tells us about the thrill of classical piano, the nerdism of teaching chemistry, & the musicality of a well crafted cocktail.
On this episode, Jason Alexander of Tacoma's Devil's Reef & The Fern Room rocks us out on the podcast with talk of Cannibal Corpse, making tuba cool, cocktail ideas that just won't go away, and life as a death-ish metal drummer.
Hope Ewing - author of "Movers & Shakers: Women Making Waves in Spirits, Beer & Wine" as well as bar director of LA's Rappahannock Oyster Bar (formerly of Here's Looking at You & Mess Hall) schools us on women in the biz, low abv cocktails, & Ani DiFranco.
For our 1 year anniversary, I head back to the City where I learned to drink... San Francisco! Many-time Best American Bartender nominee Marcovaldo Dionysos (ABV, Smuggler's Cove, Absinthe) rhapsodizes about Chopin, chartreuse, & time spent slinging margaritas. (There may also be German rapping.)
On this episode, Jill Cohen (formerly of Miami's Blackbird Ordinary and currently producing large scale events for Bacardi) talks about angsty female singers, the thrill of creating new cocktails, & the glory of Broadway musicals.
On this episode, Captain Brian Miller of The Polynesian tells us about keeping tiki alive in NYC, mastering the most complex of cocktails, & how to be a pirate in the big city. Also, I giggle a lot.
On this episode, we continue our tropical summer with Doc Parks of Pagan Idol & Zombie Village in SF. He tells us about playing drums, making magic, & removing ancient curses...