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The Modern Bar Cart Podcast

Mar 10, 2022

In this first installment of a two-part series, Eric investigates the origins and history of the Margarita cocktail, beginning with the origins of sour taste perception 500 million years ago. The run of show includes:

  • The evolutionary legacy of how a tiny roundworm came to sense a change in hydrogen ion density in its...


Sep 9, 2021

This episode is a post-mortem examination of a large-scale, milk clarified cocktail that Eric recently helped to create for the wedding of his friend and co-founder, Ethan Hall.

We thought this would be useful as an in-the-trenches analysis of how to take a cocktail from concept to reality at an ambitious but...


Jul 29, 2021

This episode is an introduction to a philosophy called "Epicureanism," a word that has become associated with those who seek out good food and drink.

  • We begin by explaining who Epicurus was and what ideas he developed and spread throughout the Hellenistic world beginning in the 300s BCE
  • Then we walk you through some of...


Jun 17, 2021

Eric examines the ways in which spirits can be identified as either "flawed" or "faulty." Some of the topics covered in this Bar Cart Foundations Episode include:

  • The similarities and differences between spirits judging and other judged events (like dog shows)
  • Why it helps to compare spirits by category and style in...


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...