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The Modern Bar Cart Podcast

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...


Apr 30, 2020

We take a trip into the deep past to locate the origins of the recipe. From the African Savannah, to Babylon, to Rome, we sift through clay tablets and scrolls with some of the world's oldest recipes to see what they can teach us. Along the way, we dabble in Epicurean physics and explore the parable of Don's Mix.


Jan 30, 2020

The object of our investigation this episode is the word, “smooth.” We hear used all the time to describe drinks, and yet, most of us would have a hard time pinning down exactly what it means. Some of the topics we'll cover in this hit piece against the word “smooth” include:

  • How and why Eric became suspicious...


Oct 10, 2019

In this Bar Cart Foundations episode, we talk all about the concept of wash lines in cocktails and how to achieve a wash line that emphasizes the quality and intentionality of a drink.