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The Modern Bar Cart Podcast

Apr 8, 2021

In this Bar Cart Foundations episode, we trace the history of the mint julep and describe some important points regarding its craft.

  • We begin by trying to define what a julep is, where it comes from, and where mint enters into the equation.
  • Next, we place its formulation in contrast to other drinks that were popular...

Jan 14, 2021

In this Bar Cart Foundations Episode, we take a deep dive into Geographical Indications - you know - those things that verify where your booze comes from. Some of the guests who share their wisdom in this compilation format include:

  • Melanie Asher, founder of Macchu Pisco
  • Effie Panagopoulous, founder of KLEOS Mastiha
  • RB...

Sep 10, 2020

In this Bar Cart Foundations Episode, we go well off the beaten path to learn about a few cocktail ingredients that you’ve probably never heard of. These include:

  • Fassionola
  • POG Juice
  • Ambergris
  • Lambanog
  • Pandan
  • Acid Phosphate
  • Aromatic Spirit of Ammonia
  • And Mummified Human Remains

Aug 7, 2020

Eric fields a question about the difference between two iconic cocktail categories: the Fizz and the Spritz. To get to the bottom of this issue, we revisit Jerry Thomas' 1887 Bar Tender's Manual, the occupation of Northern Italy by the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the advent of the iconic aperitivo Aperol.

May 7, 2020

In this second installment of our three-part series on the art of the recipe, we emerge from the depths of ancient history and trace the recipe from its early modern origins to its current manifestation. Some of the texts and topics we cover include:

  • The Physiology of Taste or Meditations on Transcendental Gastronomy...